Gardner,
Martin: My Best Mathematical
and Logic Puzzles ©1994 Dover Publications ISBN: 0486281523 Paper, perfect-bound, 82 pages |
Image courtesy of Dover Publications |

Comments: Although not a magic book, there is a close corollary between many magic tricks and mathematics. Reading mathematical puzzles may insipire some of your magic routines! Martin Gardner is well known for his books on magic, as well.

Contents:

1 The Returning Explorer

1 Draw Poker

2 The Mutilated Chessboard

2 The Fork in the Road

3 Scrambled Box Tops

3 Cutting the Cube

3 Bronx vs. Brooklyn

4 The Early Commuter

4 The Counterfeit Coins

5 The Touching Cigarettes

6 Two Ferryboats

6 Guess the Diagonal

6 Cross the Network

7 The 12 Matches

8 Hole in the Sphere

8 The Amorous Bugs

8 How Many Children?

9 The Twiddled Bolts

10 The Flight around the World

10 The Repetitious Number

11 The Colliding Missiles

11 The Sliding Pennies

12 Handshakes and Networks

12 The Triangular Duel

12 Crossing the Desert

13 Lord Dunsany's Chess Problem

13 The Lonesome 8

14 Dividing the Cake

14 The Folded Sheet

15 Water and Wine

16 The Absent-Minded Teller

16 Acute Dissection

17 "How Long Is a "Lunar"?"

17 The Game of Googol

18 Marching Cadets and a Trotting Dog

19 "White, Black and Brown"

20 The Plane in the Wind

20 What Price Pets?

20 The Game of Hip

22 A Switching Puzzle

23 Beer Signs on the Highway

23 The Sliced Cube and the Sliced Doughnut

24 Bisecting Yin and Yang

25 The Blue-Eyed Sisters

25 How Old Is the Rose-Red City?

26 Tricky Track

27 Termite and 27 Cubes

28 Collating the Coins

29 Time the Toast

29 A Fixed-Point Theorem

30 How Did Kant Set His Clock?

30 Playing Twenty Questions when Probability Values Are Known

31 Don't Mate in One

32 Find the Hexahedrons

33 Out with the Onion

33 Cut Down the Cuts

34 Dissection Dilemma

34 Interrupted Bridge

34 Dash It All!

35 Move the Queen

35 Read the Hieroglyphics

36 Crazy Cut

36 Find the Oddball

36 Big Cross-Out Swindle

37 Reverse the Dog

37 Funny Fold

39 Answers (through page 82)