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Table of Contents

1. The Returning Explorer 2. Draw Poker 3. The Mutilated Chessboard 4. The Fork in the Road 5. Scrambled Box Tops 6. Cutting the Cube 7. Bronx vs. Brooklyn 8. The Early Commuter 9. The Counterfeit Coins 10. The Touching Cigarettes 11. Two Ferryboats 12. Guess the Diagonal 13. Cross the Network 14. The 12 Matches 15. Hole in the Sphere 16. The Amorous Bugs 17. How Many Children? 18. The Twiddled Bolts 19. The Flight around the World 20. The Repetitious Number 21. The Colliding Missiles 22. The Sliding Pennies 23. Handshakes and Networks 24. The Triangular Duel 25. Crossing the Desert 26. Lord Dunsany's Chess Problem 27. The Lonesome 8 28. Dividing the Cake 29. The Folded Sheet 30. Water and Wine 31. The Absent-Minded Teller 32. Acute Dissection 33. "How Long Is a "Lunar"?" 34. The Game of Googol 35. Marching Cadets and a Trotting Dog 36. "White, Black and Brown" 37. The Plane in the Wind 38. What Price Pets? 39. The Game of Hip 40. A Switching Puzzle 41. Beer Signs on the Highway 42. The Sliced Cube and the Sliced Doughnut 43. Bisecting Yin and Yang 44. The Blue-Eyed Sisters 45. How Old Is the Rose-Red City? 46. Tricky Track 47. Termite and 27 Cubes 48. Collating the Coins 49. Time the Toast 50. A Fixed-Point Theorem 51. How Did Kant Set His Clock? 52. Playing Twenty Questions when Probability Values Are Known 53. Don't Mate in One 54. Find the Hexahedrons 55. Out with the Onion 56. Cut Down the Cuts 57. Dissection Dilemma 58. Interrupted Bridge 59. Dash It All! 60. Move the Queen 61. Read the Hieroglyphics 62. Crazy Cut 63. Find the Oddball 64. Big Cross-Out Swindle 65. Reverse the Dog 66. Funny Fold Answers

About the Author

Martin Gardner was a renowned author who published over 70 books on subjects from science and math to poetry and religion. He also had a lifelong passion for magic tricks and puzzles. Well known for his mathematical games column in Scientific American and his "Trick of the Month" in Physics Teacher magazine, Gardner attracted a loyal following with his intelligence, wit, and imagination. Martin Gardner: A Remembrance The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005. To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which - despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution - continues to be operative today. In the Author's Own Words: "Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs." "A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" - Martin Gardner

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