While this work could more aptly be named Islands of Truth in an Ocean of Mystery, that in no way detracts on the quality. The author, long a reporter for Science News, is one of the best expository writers in mathematics, and this book reflects it.
Particularly impressive is the conciseness. A partial list of the topics includes: turning a sphere inside out, knot physics, tiling the plane, packing spheres, fractal images, snowflake creation, matchstick mathematics, how to design a concert hall so that the music is properly reflected, computer chess, and chaos. While your curiosity is piqued and you hunger for more specific information, you do feel satisfied. An extensive bibliography is included. There are a large number of pictures, sixteen in color. Any bright high school student will have no trouble understanding the material.
An outstanding example of math written for the layman, yet with something for the professional, this book can definitely be tagged with a "must read" label.
Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.