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Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions has ratings and 15 reviews. Nandakishore said: This is the first book by Martin Gardner I read – and.. . HEXAFLEXAGONS AND OTHER MATHEMATICAL DIVERSIONS THE FIRST SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN BOOK OF MATHEMATICAL PUZZLES AND GAMES. Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions: The First Scientific American Book of Puzzles and Games. Front Cover · Martin Gardner. University of.

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Getting to read the original essay that introduced hexaflexagons to the general public was a joy. The sliced cube, above.

Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions by Martin Gardner

On the right side of the chart are suggestions which may help in memorizing the table. Now you may transfer cards back and forth in any manner you please from any part of one pile to any part of the other, provided you finish with exact- ly 26 in each pile. The magician now has the spectator total the values of the three original face-up cards, and note the card at that position from the top of the remainder of the deck.

The second player may now draw like- wise. This must be thoroughly fixed in the memory before the system can be used profit- ably.

One reason was that he had learned to play chess. On the hexafleexagons plays, make the only transfer possible that does not involve the smallest disk. A and C are male, B and D are female. A variation of this game permits moves to neighboring 40 Ticktacktoe cells along the two main diagonals of the square.

Pick up the small pile and replace it on the deck.

Take the digits two at a time, forming words in which the first two consonants of each word correspond to a pair of numbers. Haggstrom, of Ann Arbor, Michigan is best: He certainly will not move entirely at random, but just how shrewd will he be?


I did not find out to much later that it was his very first c When I was a sophomore in high school inI remember going to the library once and seeing a mafhematical I had not noticed before— the Scientific American.

It does not matter whether the mixtures 98 Mathematical Card Tricks are thoroughly stirred or divrrsions. Is it possible to place six cigarettes so that hexarlexagons touches the other five?

His health has now been restored on our national diet of porridgehaggis and whiskyand he has become quite a pet around the departmentanswering to the name of Eccles. The three closed curves at the bottom of the illustration also are inseparable without being linked.

Con- fronted with two contrary motiveshe may pursue the chance of satisfying both of them by answering”Ugh! Cutting surface 12 in half yields two interlocked bands of the same size, each exactly like the original one.

Znd ace 1 will require 14 cards. So cleverly and scientifically do they Sam Loyd: Now you fold the strip so that the same underside numbers face each other — 4 on 4, 5 on 5, 6 on 6 and so on. I have a copy of them all. Since then it has been a source of continuing wonder.

Variants of ticktacktoe more exciting mathematically than the present form were played many centuries before The first player X has a choice of three openings. Diversjons choosing words, nouns that provide vivid pictures are of mathematucal preferable, though adjectives can often be linked conveniently to a following noun, as in red zebra.

He has selected a group of diversions which are not only entertaining but mathematically meaningful as well. Since the first player has a sure win by playing first in the center, this hexxaflexagons is usually barred. It took anv to eight seconds to reach a decision, thus convey- ing the impression that it was making a complicated analysis of the configuration on the field!


This structure, by the way, is topologically identical with the familiar three-ring trade- mark of a well-known brand of beer. He can do this easily by making six cuts through the cube, keeping the pieces together in the cube shape [see Fig. We cannot, for example, assume that while the twelve little fish hold the four large fish at bay, the thirteenth devil darts back and forth to finish off the large fish by attacking all of them simulta- neously. This card is placed aside, without showing its face, and all other cards in the same row and column are removed.

Table of binary numbers. Gardner has added a new afterword noting variations on games, mathematical proofs, and other developments and discoveries made since the idversions first publication. The game cannot end in a draw, because one player can block the other only by completing his own chain.

Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions

The se- quence of these letters from top down will be the pattern in question. The problem is this: What amazing and so well presented topics he covered: The top and bottom of the board are negative and the tivo sides positive.

Mathematcial appeared in the March and May issues of Scientific American Figure 21 from William R. Ah, the halcyon days of youth! In the case given here you could break the number 57 into any eight numbers that add up to that sum.

The story has a topper. With your back to the audience, ask some- one to take from one to 12 cards from the deck and hide them in his pocket without telling you the number.