Martin Gardner's Mathematical
Games (CD-ROM) by Martin Gardner.
This CD is quite remarkable in many
respects, and one of them is that nowadays it is the
most compact (in every senses) compendium in the field
of the recreational mathematics. Even more than that, it
is the entire collection of Martin Gardner's
Mathematical Games columns run in
Scientific American for the quarter of century,
from 1957 to 1982.
The CD contains the following books:
1. Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions.
2. The Second Scientific American Book of
Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions.
3. New Mathematical Diversions.
4. The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical
5. Martin Gardner's 6th Book of Mathematical
Diversions from Scientific American.
6. Mathematical Carnival.
7. Mathematical Magic Show.
8. Mathematical Circus.
9. The Magic Numbers of Dr. Matrix.
10. Wheels, Life, and Other Mathematical Amusements.
11. Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical
12. Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments.
13. Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers... And the
Return of Dr. Matrix.
14. Fractal Music, Hypercards, and more Mathematical
Recreations from Scientific American Magazine.
15. The Last Recreations: Hydras, Eggs, and Other
All these books are easy searchable using any keywords
you need. Also, the CD is accompanied with two essays on
Martin Gardner's life and work, one by Peter Renz, and
another, by Don Albers. The latter essay includes a long
and very interesting interview with Martin Gardner. And
even more, the CD box contains a small booklet featuring
brief versions of those essays.
More details about the book:
Mathematical Association of America, 2005;
ISBN: 0-88385-545-3; CD-ROM edition; 4,500 pages; 7 1/2
x 5 3/8.
The CD is available at most of big book stores all
over the World, both virtual and real, such as
Barnes & Noble.