The Mathemagician and Pied Puzzler, and others
October 1, 2008 7:21 PM   Subscribe

The Mathemagician and Pied Puzzler (PDF, rough table of contents here) is a collection of puzzles created by members of the Gathering 4 Gardner Foundation, in tribute to the man himself (previously). Also freely available at the G4G site is Puzzle Craft (PDF), by Stewart Coffin. (The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections, also by Coffin, is available here.)
posted by cog_nate (9 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Awesome! Thank you.

Also: solve logic puzzles and win free Martin Gardner books!
posted by painquale at 7:46 PM on October 1, 2008

I picked up a copy of one of Gardner's collections of Mathematical Recreations columns lately. It is beyond wonderful.
posted by JHarris at 7:54 PM on October 1, 2008

Also, the Gathering for Gardner logo is awesome.
posted by JHarris at 8:05 PM on October 1, 2008

the Gathering for Gardner logo is awesome

That's got to be the work of Scott Kim. He's done some other Gardner ambigrams and a Gardner word cross with five fold rotational symmetry. And, of course, many other ambigrams.
posted by twoleftfeet at 8:21 PM on October 1, 2008

Without Gardner's column in Scientific American my childhood would have been miserable.

Thanks Martin.
posted by king walnut at 8:45 PM on October 1, 2008

The hourglass story on page 135 is pretty neat. This pdf is going to keep me occupied for days.
posted by painquale at 9:03 PM on October 1, 2008

You scared me there, cog_nate. "Tribute," "Gardner," and "Coffin" jumped out at me from your post, and for an instant I was afraid that Gardner had joined the recent conga line of awesome people dying. Good to know he's still alive, though at 93 years he definitely needs to be honored while he's still here to appreciate it.
posted by Iridic at 9:22 PM on October 1, 2008

The Polyhedral Dissections book got me interested in wooden puzzles. I made one of the very, very simplest and it was really fun.

Gardner is also awesome.
posted by DU at 5:57 AM on October 2, 2008

Oh and the Annotated books are invaluable! I've read the Alices several times and each time I find something new.
posted by DU at 5:59 AM on October 2, 2008

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