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Homage to a Pied Puzzler

1st Edition

Edited by Alan Schoen, Tom Rodgers, Ed Pegg Jr

A K Peters/CRC Press

318 pages

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The tradition of honoring Martin Gardner continues with this edited collection of articles by those who have been inspired by Gardner to enter mathematics, to enter magic, to bring magic into their mathematics, or to bring mathematics into their magic. Contributing authors include world-leading puzzle designers, puzzle collectors, mathematicians, and magicians.

The variety of articles includes card or magic tricks (with a mathematical trick behind them), the history behind given puzzles, mathematically interesting objects involving the number seven, and puzzles for the reader to solve. Specific puzzles discussed include tangram, 14-15 Puzzle, seven-coloring of the torus, packing circles, Crazy Elephant Dance, and more!


The final section tells the stories of how various mathematical games were invented, and if you are a fan of them gives many that you might not have heard of before. … whether you are interested in puzzles, origami or card tricks, it has them all. … If you are bored with doing Sudoku and fancy reading about games of a similar ilk, then this is the book for you.

—Simon Craik, London Mathematical Society, May 2010

… Over two-thirds of the book consists of nineteen articles on puzzles and games … these involve quite a spread of mathematics, including dissections, knots, Hamiltonian circuits, paper folding, groups and coding, along with a little philosophy.

—E. J. Barbeau, Mathematical Reviews, July 2010

Table of Contents

History and Hoaxes

Sam Loyd’s Most Successful Hoax

Jerry Slocum

Numbers and Shapes

The Seven-Colored Torus

sarah-marie belcastro and Carolyn Yackel

A Property of Complete Symbols

Peter Hilton, Jean Pedersen, and Byron Walden

Seven-Fold Symmetry in Mathematica(l) Graphics and Physical Models

Sandor Kabai

Seven Knots and Knots in the Seven-Color Map

Louis H. Kauffman

Seven from the Sea

Michael S. Longuet-Higgins

Seven Staggering Sequences

N. J. A. Sloane

Seven Water Lilies

Peter Gabor Szabo and Zsofia Ruttkay

Puzzles and Games

Developing the Transmission Puzzle

M. Oskar van Deventer

Triple-7 Hamiltonian Chess

David S. Dillon, Jeremiah Farrell, and Tom Rodgers


Yossi Elran

The Logologicomathemagical 7 ×7 Puzzle

Jeremiah Farrell and Robert Friedhoffer

Seven Roads to Roam: A Magical Journey

Jeremiah Farrell and Judith H. Morrel

Fractal Tilings Based on Dissections

Robert W. Fathauer

Creating the NAVIGATI Puzzle

Adrian Fisher

Crazy Elephant Dance

Markus Gotz

The Two Ovals-to-Table Story

Serhiy Grabarchuk

Folding Regular Heptagons

Thomas C. Hull

Combinatorial Philosophy

Kate Jones

Variations of the 14-15 Puzzle

Rodolfo Kurchan

Pentomino Battleships

Mogens Esrom Larsen

Horses in the Stream and Other Short Stories

Earnest Hammingway

A Potpourri of Polygonal and Polyhedral Puzzles

Alan H. Schoen

The Hexa-Dodeca-Flexagon

Ann Schwartz and Jeff Rutzky

Golomb, Gardner, Benjamin and Jones: Midwives to a Puzzle

Norton Starr

Walk, Slide, and Jump

James W. Stephens

Polyomino Number Theory Developments

Robert Wainwright

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MATHEMATICS / Recreations & Games