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by Martin Gardner

eBook aha! Gotcha: Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight ePub
Author: Martin Gardner
Language: English
ISBN: 0716714140
ISBN13: 978-0716714149
Publisher: W.H. Freeman; aFirst Edition First Printing edition (1982)
Pages: 164
Category: Mathematics
Subcategory: Science
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 293
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ePub file: 1112 kb
Fb2 file: 1845 kb

Martin Gardner takes a look at paradoxes and makes them very easy to understand, entertaining, and highly absorbing. Gotcha is filled with very different types of puzzles than aha! Insight, which has many problems to solve

Martin Gardner takes a look at paradoxes and makes them very easy to understand, entertaining, and highly absorbing. He takes the reader from the easiest to understand (the liar's paradox) to the more difficult, including mathematical ones. Gotcha is filled with very different types of puzzles than aha! Insight, which has many problems to solve. This book just presents many fun paradoxes that make you use your head, and while some of them are problems you have to take some time to solve, most are short paradoxical situations that you can think about for a short while and then go on the next page.

This book is much more than just a collection of puzzles to solve, it really makes you think about some fascinating ideas relating to paradoxes. Aug 06, 2011 Doug rated it it was amazing.

A pocket book of riddles, full of fun and illustrations. This book is much more than just a collection of puzzles to solve, it really makes you think about some fascinating ideas relating to paradoxes.

Aha! Gotcha is my top mathematical puzzle book of all time. Stoic philosopher Chrysippus wrote 6 treatises on liar paradox (all lost) Poet Philetus of Cos worried himself so thin that he carried lead in his shoes to prevent being blown away, and eventually died an early death. This sentence is False 5.

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Aha! Gotcha:Puzzles that Delight and Inform. com User, October 2, 2000. This book is no exception!

Aha! Gotcha:Puzzles that Delight and Inform. This amazingly useful book presents the concept of paradoxes in a comfortable, light format that makes it easily presentable to children in addition to the fun cartoon drawings that accompany every paradox. Simple explanations allow enough depth to encourage further explanation of the topic. In addition, it is helpful for writing reports about paradoxes. This book is no exception!

Paradoxes to puzzle and delight Martin Gardner rn w. H. Freeman and Company New York aha! Gotcha is derived from The Paradox Box, a set of filmstrips, cassettes, and Teacher's Guides, published by Scientific American.

Paradoxes to puzzle and delight Martin Gardner rn w.

Aha! Gotcha: Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight (1982), (Series: Tools for Transformation); . Martin Gardner's Sixth Book of Mathematical Games from Scientific American (1971), . Freeman & Company; ISBN 0-7167-1361-6. Revised by the Mathematical Association of America, 2001. Reprint forthcoming as Klein Bottles, Op-Art, and Sliding Block Puzzles: More of Martin Gardner’s Mathematical Games, (Series: The New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library The Mathematical Association of America/Cambridge University Press.

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A pocket book of riddles, full of fun and illustrations.
Andriodtargeted
Xmas present for my cousin's son. It was recommended to me by a Math Grad student and it was a great recommendation. The boy blew through it in 2 days, he liked it so much.
Wel
This it a triple A book. Written with high intellect, it is very entertaining.
I read it a few times!
Bine
my boys love this book
Cyregaehus
Martin Gardner's books are always fascinating. My 8-year-old math geek loves loves loves them.
Dorilune
I was failing all of my classes in high school. After I read this book I was able to use the power of paradoxes to confuse my teachers into giving me passing grades. For example, I stated "This sentence is false," sending my teacher into immediate confusion. OK, in all seriousness, this is a great book for learning to think creatively, and a lot of its short stories and ideas can be used as party tricks to entertain friends and annoy your teachers and professors. Pair this book with Aha! Insight and you have a complete set.
Ice_One_Guys
I recently dusted off my copy of this that had been sitting long on the shelf. That turned out to be a very good thing.

Martin Gardner takes a look at paradoxes and makes them very easy to understand, entertaining, and highly absorbing. He takes the reader from the easiest to understand (the liar's paradox) to the more difficult, including mathematical ones. He describes paradoxes that entertained the ancient Greeks; paradoxes in the Bible; and paradoxes created by modern writers and comedians. Most of the paradoxes are covered in one or two pages, and each comes with cartoon illustrations to make them easy to understand. The book is both serious and delightfully funny. If you are looking for something that is escapist yet pertinent to real life, you'll enjoy this short book that is 160 pages long.

There are places where Mr. Gardner's grammar is a little less than clear. I found myself having to read an occasional sentence where the structure wasn't as clear as it could be. However, this is easily overlooked because of the content. It's fairly easy to rearrange a sentence so that you can understand what he is saying, but for the most part, the writing is lucid and easily understood.

This is the kind of book that you can read, two or three pages at a time. This makes for a good coffee table book. It is also the kind of book that can be used to find out more about a certain kind of paradox by looking it up by name on the Internet when you want more material to illustrate it. Mr. Gardner does not pull these paradoxes out of thin air. Most are widely known by either philosophers, writers, comedians, and even mathematicians.

If you're looking for entertainment that is good brain food, you'll find this book very fulfilling. Get it. Read it. It's both entertaining and thought provoking.
Kazimi
The world is lesser without Martin Gardner in it.

Martin Gardner was a supremely intelligent mathematician with a real talent for explaining complex mathematical problems in a way that lay people could understand.

Gotcha! follows the same lines. It's kind of an odd book, in that the cartoony style is a little dated and it really looks more like a kid's book or a Young Adult book. Make no mistake, it's not, though young adults could certainly benefit and enjoy.

Gardner primarily approaches logical fallacies in this book. He uses the cartoons to walk you through exactly the wrong conclusion, then steps back and brilliantly deconstructs the argument so that you can see where your normal human condition fails you and why the unintuitive answer is the mathematically correct one. That said, he does it in a way that involves minimal math and only a basic understanding of logic and reason.

That's not to say the book is dumb or dumbed down. Nothing could be further from the truth. It tackles some very complex problems and some issues that have confounded mathematicians and logicians for centuries. Some of the problems don't even have an answer, and he even manages to walk you through why we've been unable to answer the question even though the answer seems obvious.

Overall, it's just a delightful book that's easy to read and leaves you much smarter than you were when you started it. There's not many books that can make such a claim.
Aha! Gotcha is filled with very different types of puzzles than aha! Insight, which has many problems to solve. This book just presents many fun paradoxes that make you use your head, and while some of them are problems you have to take some time to solve, most are short paradoxical situations that you can think about for a short while and then go on the next page. It is easy to read, and Gardner again shows his skill in explaining interesting phenomena in a clear and interesting way. All the problems are good exercises on logical thinking and introduces various concepts of mathematics and statistics without seeming like you're studying. It is insightful enough for adults, but I think children would be able to understand these concepts too if they are interested.
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