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1. The Colossal Book of Mathematics: Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems by Martin Gardner  
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From the publisher In its twelve sections, The Colossal Book of Mathematics explores a wide range of areas, each startlingly illuminated by Gardner's incisive expertise. Beginning with seemingly simple topics, Gardner expertly guides us through complicated and wondrous worlds: by way of basic algebra we contemplate the mesmerizing, often hilarious, linguistic and numerical possibilities of palindromes; using simple geometry, he dissects the principles of symmetry upon which the renowned mathematical artist M.C. Escher constructs his unique, dizzying universe. Gardner, like few other thinkers today, melds a rigorous scientific skepticism with a profound artistic and imaginative impulse. His stunning exploration of "The Church of the Fourth Dimension," for example, bridges the disparate worlds of religion and science by brilliantly imagining the spatial possibility of God's presence in the world as a fourth dimension, at once "everywhere and nowhere." With boundless wisdom and his trademark wit, Gardner allows the reader to further engage challenging topics like probability and game theory, which have plagued clever gamblers, as well as famous mathematicians, for centuries. Whether debunking Pascal's wager with basic probability, making visual music with fractals, or uncoiling a "knotted doughnut" with introductory topology, Gardner continuously displays his fierce intelligence and gentle humor. His articles confront both the comfortingly mundane"Generalized Ticktacktoe" and "Sprouts and Brussels Sprouts"and the quakingly abstract: "Hexaflexagons," "Nothing," and "Everything." He navigates these staggeringly obscure topics with a deft intelligence and, with addendums and suggested reading lists, he informs these classic articles with new insight. Admired by scientists and mathematicians, writers and readers alike, Gardner possesses vast knowledge and a burning curiosity that reveal themselves on every page. The culmination of a lifelong devotion to the wonders of mathematics, The Colossal Book of Mathematics is the largest and most comprehensive math book ever assembled by Gardner, and it remains an indispensable volume for the amateur and expert alike. ... Read more Reviews (6)
The imporatance of Mathematics This book is a collection of his best columns from Scientific American magazine. It was of the good reasons to read the magazine. Like many other things in the last few years, that publication jumped the shark at some point. Gardner was one of the reasons to still read it for a while there. Gardner, however, is not just interested in the mathematics. The men, and history of the questions is also important to him. That is because it forms a context to the questions and the discovery of the answers. Context is very important to the author. Without it, you really don't know where you are. If you like the writing of such good folks like Douglas Hofstadter, Jeremy Bernstein, Eli Maor, John Allen Paulos, Richard Feynman, Stephen Jay Gould, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke or Ed Regis, than you will probably like the writing of Gardner. Mathematics is something that people don't read a lot. At least not recreationally. Normally because they don't understand that it forms the basis of real logical thought. A real understanding of the modern world requires one of the understand science. And science that isn't, at least in part, based on mathematics isn't real science. It is something more of our leaders should take a real interest in. How can we expect our leaders to make good decisions on cloning or whenlifebegins if they have no real understanding of science and mathematics? Which is why Martin Gardner should be considered a national treasure.
A fun and interesting read
Interesting in parts, but certainly not what it claims to be A lot of the book is full of information about stuff that is tangential to mathematics at best, like Escher drawings and other art. Escher is fine, but devoting so many pages to the symmetry drawings of a certain Mr. Kim is way out of line with what a reader might expect of this book. The "fake" chapter is also in bad taste for a book of this nature. Obviously "once bitten twice shy" is not something Gardner believes in. Also an absence of adequate proofreading is evident. For example, the author claims that N is symmetrical about a horizontal axis. Also wrong (or incomplete) is Gardner's proof about why the second player can never guarantee a win in generalized tictactoe (the "proof" actually proves that the second player can't guarantee a win without looking at the first player's first move). More? The book says 1/0 is meaningless, and this in a chapter on infinity! I however liked some parts of the book, for example an argument against the parallel universe theory is almost literature (it is not Gardner's but somebody else's whose name I've forgotten, unfortunately Gardner does not come across as anything more than a dilettante). Other interesting bits and pieces exist, too numerous to describe here, but scarcely enough to warrant a purchase. On the other hand, if your local library has a copy of this book, it's not a bad one to borrow.
a great sampling of mathematical puzzles If graph theory, game theory, topology, and numbers don't entirely scare you away, you'll find something vaguely interesting at any page you flip to in this book, and after a few more pages will have prob learned something, AND found yourself using a part of your brain that might otherwise go unused during any given day.
Not the type of book you think it is 
2. The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations (Math & Logic Puzzles) by Boris Kordemsky  
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Comprehensive set of math puzzles for various levels Although no mathematics beyond the high school level is required, the challenge lies in the ingenious application of even the most rudimentary math and logic necessary to successfully tackle these exercises. The problems range from rather simple to difficult. Some amount to raw logic riddles requiring little or no math while others offer the opportunity to fine tune one's skills in geometry and algebra. In addition to offering a rich variety of problems which will satisfy the needs of puzzlists at many levels, the editors have made a good point of dividing the problems into categories emphasizing different sets of skills including geometry, algebra, arithmetic operations, spatial visualization and logic. Such a delineation makes it easy evaluate strengths and weaknesses so you can focus on areas of improvement. Given the long history of this publication, several problems will be familiar to some seasoned puzzle enthusiasts but most will still provide a fresh challenge.
too easy
One of the best puzzle books ever.
very interesting
Lessons in Becoming More Creative Other fine attributes of this book are its sense of humor and its practicality. The author has chosen everyday events and situations for his problem "plots," and in doing so, maintains the interest level of the average reader. Readers of this book will learn to overcome personal barriers to creativity (the chief personal barrier is called "psychological inertia"), and will increase their creativity quotients by an order of magnitude, or more. I strongly recommend this book for use in all classes from grades 4 through college senior. For the rest of us who simply like ("love") to work on challenging problems, this is the book for you. Good luck! ... Read more 
3. A Gardner's Workout: Training the Mind and Entertaining the Spirit by Martin Gardner  
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Book Description In the years since then, Gardner has continued to write articles for academic journals and popular magazines. Fortyone of those pieces, never before published in book form, are collected in this volume. Truly a treat for Martin Gardner's many fans, the articles span a wide range of topics. They include games of chance (and why a "computer" will always beat a human player), word ladders and mathematical word play games, tiling puzzles, magic squares, computer and calculator "magic" tricks, and other mathematical puzzles. Providing the tools to furnish our alltoosluggish minds with an athletic workout, Gardner's problems foster an agility of the mind as they entertain. ... Read more Reviews (1)
Gardner at his best, which is saying a lot! ... Read more 
4. Brain Busters! MindStretching Puzzles in Math and Logic by Barry R. Clarke  
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Book Description The first section, Popular Puzzles, calls for a moderate amount of effort and imagination. It features complex crosswords in which cryptic clues must be solved in sequence and the solutions fitted together on the grid. Teaser Tales, the following section, contains longer puzzles in the form of amusing stories with a series of clues that must be solved to provide a single solution at the end. The final section represents the Mount Everest of the collection, the Advanced Puzzles. Designed to stretch the mental muscles, these puzzles are more mathematical than their predecessors, but even the most difficult ones require no greater knowledge than high school algebra. Most of the puzzles include hints, and solutions are provided for all (no peeking!). ... Read more Reviews (3)
Ingenious! (Angela Newing has written for The Daily Telegraph, UK)
The Mathematical Poetry of a Puzzle Artist: Barry R. Clarke As Mr. Clarke notes in the introduction, his reasons for this puzzle compilation included the pure enjoyment of creating logical and mathematical art. Fortunately for us, Barry's creations serve not only the role of entertainment, but also more importantly the role of instruction, as he leads us down different paths of twisting logic, with excellent scenery along the way. If you view mathematics as a form of poetry, you will certainly enjoy this opportunity to learn from a mathematical wizard. Brain Busters! is indeed a "mindstretching" experience, one that allows you to see the way Barry's imagination is captured in a distinctly unique manner in each of his puzzles. His mathematical imagination is the communality that runs through each puzzle, but at the same time it is his creative touch that serves as the specificity, giving great variation to this excellent and enjoyable work.
Mind Stretching! Brain Busters, like Barry's other books, demonstrates his wonderful ability to create funny offbeat puzzles as only he can. Besides the imaginatively written puzzles, I really enjoyed his charming cartoons that accompany many of them. My favourite one is of a sorcerer who has just turned the furious Count Lettuce into a little furry creature. As well as math and logic problems, the book also contains some very tricky crosswords, short puzzle stories and fun lateraltype puzzles using matchsticks. In fact, there is something to suit every taste. So, if you like puzzles, you'll absolutely love this book. I did! ... Read more 
5. Mathematical Puzzles: A Connoisseur's Collection by Peter Winkler  
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Book Description You'll need a love for mathematical reasoning and a streak of determination. You won't need a professional acquaintance with mathematics; a motivated high school student has what it takes! If you're up to the challenge, there's even a chapter on Unsolved Puzzles. ... Read more Reviews (2)
excellent choice
A puzzler's delight! I especially liked the "handicap" puzzles  these are new to me, and involve algorithmic puzzles with bizarre handicaps having to do with memory. The book also has extensive refrences so you can further your interests for a particular type of puzzle. There's even an unsolved puzzles section to challenge even the professional mathematician. In terms of difficulty level, I would say that 2/3rds of the puzzles are meant for the seasoned puzzler and do require some "mathematical maturity" . But there are quite a few "insight" puzzles that required almost no math. There's even geography puzzles of all things  that's quite refreshing and original for a math puzzle book. congrats Dr. Winkler on a splendid collection! ... Read more 
6. Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays Volume 2 by Elwyn Berlekamp, John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy, Elwyn R. Berlekamp, John Conway, Richard Guy  
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Book Description In Volume 2, the authors have a Change of Heart, bending the rules established in Volume 1 to apply them to games such as Cutcake and Loopy Hackenbush. From the Table of Contents: 
7. Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd (Math & Logic Puzzles) by Sam Loyd  
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Classics that still delight after a century
The Creator of Unsolvable Puzzles The puzzle categories are also quite wide from tangram to chess problems. ... Read more 
8. Mathematical Adventures For Students and Amateurs  
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Book Description What do all of these questions have in common? Theyand many othersare answered in this book. Some of the authors of the articles in this collection are distinguished mathematicians; some are bright newcomers and others have been well known in mathematical circles for decaces. The table of contents is a veritable "who's who" of active mathematicians. This is a partial record of the Bay Area Mathematical Adventures (BAMA), a lecture series for high school students (and incidentally their teachers, parents, and other interested adults) hosted by San Jose State and Santa Clara Universities in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. These lectures are aimed primarily at bright high school students, the emphasis on "bright", and as a result, the mathematics in some cases is far from what one would expect to see in talks at this level. There are serious mathematical issues addressed here. We hope that this book will capture some of the magic of these talks that have filled auditoriums on these two campuses almost monthly for several years. Join the students in sharing some of these mathematical adventures. ... Read more 
9. 1000 Play Thinks: Puzzles, Paradoxes, Illusions & Games by Ivan Moscovich, Tim Robinson  
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Book Description Created by Ivan Moscovich, PLAYTHINKS is the first and only book where science, math, and art puzzles all come together. Broken down by chapter, PLAYTHINKS challenges with 12 basic categories, including games of Geometry; Patterns; Numbers; Logic and Probability; and Perception. A special Bonus Round is included for diehard puzzlers who, after all that, still haven't had enough. An easytoread key at the top of each game ranks its difficulty on a scale of 1 to 10. The lieflat spiral binding makes the hefty book completely readerfriendly. So do the answers in the back. ... Read more Reviews (8)
Riddled with errors (Puzzle 307) Morley's theorem is (to quote the late H.S.M. Coxeter) "one on the most surprising theorems in elementary geometry", but Moscovich manages to get the diagram wrong! The triangle which he picks out does not even look equilateral! (Puzzle 772) For the wellknown puzzle of passing a cube through a smaller cube the author begins his explanation: "If you hold a cube so that one corner points directly toward you, its edges outline a hexagon. It then becomes obvious that the cube has ample space for a square hole slightly larger than one of its faces." There is even a picture of a hexagon with a square superimposed on it. Although a cube can be passed through a (slightly) smaller cube in this way, it is well known that the optimum solution does not have the edges of the hole parallel to the space diagonal of the cube. (Puzzle 990) Weighing from 1 to 40 grams using weights on one side of a balance only. Moscovich says "you must have the weights 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 grams". Not so. For example, 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 and 16 would be ok. I began to compile a list of errors in this book, but I gave up when I had accumulated over 30, having read, I would estimate, about a quarter of the book. The book has a "Difficulty Index" which should be renamed the "Difficult Index". You have to know the exact title of a puzzle and its level (from 1 to 9), in order to find it again using this index.
Another brain teaser that has some annoyances
correction
Pretty but Unacceptably Flawed
Annoying... 
10. The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan, Patricia Reid Baquero  
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Opens your heart and mind to the beauty of mathematics It tackles in beautiful form some basic principles of mathematics, and teaches the reader the power of logical thinking. A book for all ages, highly recommended.
Amazingly good! The best Math book I've ever read!
Good Stories
beautiful
Nice Concept; Doesn't Pan Out 
11. Tribute to a Mathemagician by Barry Cipra, Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, Tom Rodgers  
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Book Description The contributors to this volume—virtually a list of Who’s Who in the World of Puzzles—trace their inspiration to Martin Gardner’s puzzle column in Scientific American and to his contributions to the world of recreational mathematics. Tribute to a Mathemagician contains an author index for the two previous books in the collection of books based on the Gatherings for Gardner. Sample puzzles and games include:  Tripos 
12. Puzzlers' Tribute: A Feast for the Mind by David Wolfe, Tom Rodgers  
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Amazing, varied, challenging, and fun leisure reading 
13. Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays, Vol. 1 by Elwyn R. Berlekamp, John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy  
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Geniuses and Games
Note  the volumes have been renumbered
Games come in many forms! 
14. The Riddle of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles by Raymond Smullyan  
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The only logic book you'll ever need
Smullyan is a national treasure. The use of the Scheherazade tale as a backdrop is clever and fun. As usual Smullyan gets us to a deeper understanding of logical theory, while we think we're just playing games!
An Excellent Example of the Mysteries of Logic
The best puzzle book I've ever read.
It's never been so much fun to learn. 
15. Puzzles 101: A Puzzlemaster's Challenge by Nobuyuki Yoshigahara  
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Book Description Solutions are provided in a separate section, which will help novices get on the right track, and will give seasoned aficionados a chance to check their work. ... Read more Reviews (1)
A good collection of addictive puzzlets As far as content is concerned, this book has mostly penny&matches and cutup&reassemble type puzzles  so in a sense,it is a variation on an already known theme. However, most of the puzzles have a fresh twist which makes them thoroughly engaging  but quite a few are bloodletting head scratchers! The book is well illustrated and has a nice introduction by Nob. Let's hope for more of Nob's puzzle books from AK Peters! ... Read more 
16. Conned Again, Watson! Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math, and Probability by Colin Bruce  
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Book Description In Conned Again, Watson!, Colin Bruce recreates the atmosphere of the original Sherlock Holmes stories to shed light on an enduring truth: Our reliance on common senseand ignorance of mathematicsoften gets us into trouble. In these cautionary tales of greedy gamblers, reckless businessmen, and ruthless con men, Sherlock Holmes uses his deep understanding of probability, statistics, decision theory, and game theory to solve crimes and protect the innocent. But it's not just the characters in these wellcrafted stories that are deceived by statistics or fall prey to gambling fallacies. We all suffer from the results of poor decisions. In this illuminating collection, Bruce entertains while teaching us to avoid similar blunders. From "The Execution of Andrews" to "The Case of the Gambling Nobleman," there has never been a more exciting way to learn when to take a calculated riskand how to spot a scam. ... Read more Reviews (8)
Holmes as a master educator in logic and deduction Published in the recreational mathematics newsletter, reprinted with permission.
Watson we've got a winner!
A Wonderful, enjoyable book! The stories were not designed to top those of doyle but to make some interesting probability and decision making concepts approachable, relevent, and enjoyable. This they did wonderfully. As someone who was turned off to math after years of dull, abstract school lecture, my interest arose from my work in business and computer science. Some of these concepts were not new to me, but all were from new angles. I found .the math easy to follow(depressingly difficult to predict!) and only wished I had not run out of pages. I plan not only to check out the author's other work, but some of the additional reading he kindly suggests in the notes. Thank you Mr. Bruce for and enjoyable read.
Excellent in illustrating mathematics through fiction My main example is that throughout the book, Holmes and Watson make reference to the year 1900 (their present year) as being the beginning of a new century. I feel certain that Holmes at least would know that centuries do not begin until the year one, in this case 1901. When Watson mentioned it, I felt sure that Bruce was taking the normal tack of making him obviously less intelligent than his partner (the man *is* a doctor, for crying out loud, give him *some* credit), but when Holmes mentions it later, I was duly perturbed. Bruce also uses characters purely to tack on surprise endings to his stories, one of which did not work for this reviewer. In one story, the pair meet the Reverend Charles Dodgson, which any bibliophile knows is the real name of Lewis Carroll, but does not present this information until the last paragraph of the story. The surprise ending, using the pseudonym, was therefore lost on me. In another story, there is no solution presented to a murder. This irked me no end at first, but then I realized that there being no solution to the mystery better illustrated the mathematical principle being explained. I still prefer my murders to have solutions, however. All in all, this is an entertaining book. Bruce's skills as a storyteller and his ability to mix lessons into his stories is commendable. The stories, as Holmes pastiches, ring true overall, only clunking during the details I have mentioned, such as certain actions that seem totally out of character. One other example is when Sherlock and Mycroft are explaining a principle and Sherlock pulls out a graph to illustrate. Bruce (as Watson) writes the following (to the best of my memory): 'I jumped up, knocking over my chair, and cried, 'I have a horror of algebra!'' I couldn't help but laugh! This behavior from one of the most beloved characters in literature? But, as I said, as a whole the book succeeds, and if you can overlook these details and engross yourself in the superb storytelling, you will enjoy yourself, and probably be educated in the process.
I was expecting a lot more ¿ you probably are, too I have to say I disagree. There are just no "AHA!" moments in the book  an element that I enjoy myself in recreational mathematics and seek to bring to my math classroom. I wholly expected the Holmes metaphor to create some captivating mathematical mysteries with more than a few twists. Instead I found leaden storylines and transparent mathematics. I can't guarantee this complaint because, uncharacteristically, I haven't finished the book (and probably won't); I have so far only read two of the "stories." I found the first one, which ought to be the "hook", to be absolutely flat... nada. Holmes explained a notespeciallyintriguing concept of logic or probability to Watson and then stated it again and again and again as they move through some inconsequential action in an uninteresting narrative. Right to the end I kept waiting for the clever twist  in vain. I sighed and set the book aside, then, and did not plan to read any more. Of course there's nothing like having already paid for a book to bring one back to it. The second piece, exploring some rather counterintuitive elements of probability that many gamblers fall prey to was a tad more engaging  but not close to gripping. Bruce seems to have the Holmes'ian character and language down pretty well. So what? That establishes a baseline tonality for the book that Holmes fans might enjoy, but it does not supply the oomph that the real Holmes mysteries provide; and Conan Doyle managed that even though we all knew that Holmes would, in the end, get the bad guy and do it in a characteristic way. There are no mathematical or more traditional mysteries solved here. I guess the "bad guy" in these stories is supposed to be generic ignorance and some sort of innumerate tendency in the reading population (expressed via the strawman "Watson"). Math literate readers will, perhaps, enjoy the poke at the widespread probabilistic ignorance of Watson's "everyman", but where's the fun (or the discovery) in that? In the two pieces I read, Bruce repeated the pattern of giving away the point in the first bit and then just pounding it in to poor Watson's head and the helpless reader. This seemed a clumsy attempt to copy the original in which Holmes would drop some sly suggestion of his focal point and elegantly uncover it for Watson and the reader. For more engaging mathematics I'd suggest Ivars Peterson's "The Jungles of Randomness"... for critiques of mathematical blindspots and cultural ignorance, John Paulos' s work. ... Read more 
17. Math Magic for Your Kids: Hundreds of Games and Exercises from the Human Calculator to Make Math Fun and Easy by Scott Flansburg  
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Book Description In Math Magic, his New York Times bestseller, Scoff Flansburg demonstrated his universal ability to make math fun and easy for adults. Now in Math Magic for Your Kids, the Human Calculator does the same for elementary school children. Measuring flour for a birthday cake, setting the dinner table, counting change  learning these simple skills daunts millions of children. And helping them along can be frustrating for parents. In Math Magic for Your Kids, Scott Flansburg comes to the rescue. With entertaining games and tricks, this proven method helps kids develop a positive attitude about numbers, the necessary foundation on which they will build math skills for the rest of their education. Children will discover hours of independent amusement, while parents will find activities they can do with their children to supplement their schoolwork and to help them get better grades, including:
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Making numbers make sense!
Confused on age level
In a mathphobic era more people should read this book!!
Fascinatingly different from traditional textbook math
This Book's Great! 
18. Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles by Martin Gardner  
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A WAY TO GET WARMED UP FOR THE THINKING WORLD Martin Gardner's witty writing style makes this book a pleasant pathway to the realms of logic. Neat and concise with its stories and challenges throughout and with solutions at the very end, the book is a very ideal read, especially if you are a passenger with a very long trip ahead and who needs good quality entertainment that is also educational.
Mathematical problems for all ages with different topics. Entertaining Mathematical Problems by Martin Gardner is a great book for all ages. This book has over 100 problems in sections ranging from topology to games. Some of the problems are simple to many, but there are some that require thought to do. Answers are included on the back. Any math lover will surely enjoy this book.

19. The Universal History of Computing: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer by GeorgesIfrah, Georges Ifrah  
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"A truly enlightening and fascinating study for the mathematically oriented reader." "Well researched. . . . This book is a rich resource for those involved in researching the history of computers." In this brilliant followup to his landmark international bestseller, The Universal History of Numbers, Georges Ifrah traces the development of computing from the invention of the abacus to the creation of the binary system three centuries ago to the incredible conceptual, scientific, and technical achievements that made the first modern computers possible. Ifrah takes us along as he visits mathematicians, visionaries, philosophers, and scholars from every corner of the world and every period of history. We learn about the births of the pocket calculator, the adding machine, the cash register, and even automata. We find out how the origins of the computer can be found in the European Renaissance, along with how World War II influenced the development of analytical calculation. And we explore such hot topics as numerical codes and the recent discovery of new kinds of number systems, such as "surreal" numbers. Adventurous and enthralling, The Universal History of Computing is an astonishing achievement that not only unravels the epic tale of computing, but also tells the compelling story of human intelligence–and how much further we still have to go. ... Read more Reviews (3)
It starts with the development of efficient notation Published in the recreational mathematics email newsletter, preprinted with permission.
Methodical history but a little dry When it does get going, it provides a history of the relevant mathematics as well as automata from the Islamic era forward. The actual computer era is touched on mostly in its early stages, with the first computers of the forties and fifties. And it concludes with about sixty pages that have nothing to do with history but rather attempt to define key words such as "information" and "computer." All in all, it is a methodical and thorough book, perhaps a little dry but not as much as some books I have read. The author muses on the implications of various stages of discovery rather than simply relating the facts (and the translators chime in as well), which enlivens the story. Still, this book is probably for the more interested rather than the casual reader.
The Universal History of Computing : From the Abacus to 
20. Mathematics, Magic and Mystery. (Cards, Coins, and Other Magic) by Martin Gardner  
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One of the most fantastic books on closeup magic. 
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