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Sunday, May 23, 2010

What a star you were, MG!


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Blogger Hamza said...

This blew my mind. How is this possible?!

23 May, 2010 21:07

Blogger Zakintosh said...

Try and google his mathemagic books and puzzles. there are tons of them around. this was one of my favourites ... try it out for a while. There is a simple answer.

24 May, 2010 09:27

Blogger Vic said...

Only 2 comments in a week, for this post, and the second a reply! That is so sad.

In both school and college, I would visit the library, not in search of study books, but to see if the latest SciAm had come in, so I could pore through Gardner's column. It was always a joy when I could fathom the devious workings of his brilliant mind, and solve the puzzles that he laid out like treats.

Incidentally, I always thought this one was a bit of a cheat, rather like a magician's sleight of hand. It is hard to recall which type of puzzle was more challenging, and yet difficulty wasn't the best part of his writing: that was his sheer wit.

Lost, but not gone forever, Gardner Sb: your star will always shine

28 May, 2010 16:59


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