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Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers: And the Return of Dr Matrix (Spectrum) [Paperback]

Martin Gardner

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24 July 1997 Spectrum
Here is another collection drawn from Martin Gardner's 'Mathematical Games' column in Scientific American. Each chapter explores a different theme, for example fractals, surreal numbers, the sculptures of Berrocal, tiling the plane, Ramsey theory and code breaking, all combining to create a rich diet of recreational mathematics. Most chapters can be readily understood by the uninitiated: at each turn there are challenges for the reader and a wealth of references for further reading. Gardner's clarity of style and ability systematically to simplify the complex make this an excellent vehicle in which to start or continue an interest in recreational mathematics.


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Each chapter in this Gardner collection explores a different theme; for example fractals, surreal numbers, the sculptures of Berrocal, tiling the plane and code breaking. Gardner's clarity of style and ability to explain make this an excellent vehicle in which to start or continue an interest in recreational mathematics.

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At the end of a 1975 Scientific American column on tiling the plane periodically with congruent convex polygons (reprinted in my Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments) I promised a later column on nonperiodic tiling. Read the first page
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