Martin Gardner is a popular American writer specialising in “recreational mathematics”. The basis for this book comes from the “Mathematical Games and Recreations” column published in Scientific American magazine from 1957 to 1986. The book presents plenty of well-known and some less well-known mathematical problems. Some of the subjects discussed in the book are: the five platonic solids, tetraflexagons, digital roots, the Soma cube, the golden ratio, mazes, magic squares, eleusis, origami and mechanical puzzles. The presentation of problems is completed with many illustrative pictures and photos in every chapter. It is possible to find traditional solutions of every problem and also some newer views, explanations and proofs of solved problems. Every chapter also includes an extensive bibliography. Martin Gardner has already published more than 60 books encouraging readers to play with mathematics and Origami, Eleusis, and the Soma Cube is a well prepared addition to his bibliography.

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