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Jinn from Hyperspace By Martin Gardner

Jinn from Hyperspace by Martin Gardner

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For over 50 years Gardner--best known for his works on popular science and mathematics--has been delighting readers with elegant, witty, and highly intelligent writing on an amazing array of topics. This new collection of Gardner gems offers a rich selection of stimulating intellectual wonders.

Jinn from Hyperspace Summary

Jinn from Hyperspace: And Other Scribblings--Both Serious and Whimsical by Martin Gardner

For over fifty years Martin Gardner has been delighting readers with elegant, witty, and highly intelligent writing on an amazing array of topics. Best known for his works on popular science and mathematics, and as an incisive skeptical commentator on the paranormal, Gardner is also an accomplished writer of children's literature, a novelist, and a prolific essayist on religion, philosophy, and other issues. This new collection of Gardner gems takes its name from an essay on a mathematical theme, about a jinn (or genie) trapped in a "Klein Bottle"-an amusing tale that also teaches the math phobic something interesting about a theoretical one-sided object with no distinction between inside and outside. Other topics in math and physics include speculations about universes where time runs in reverse; the Banach-Tarski paradox (whereby a sphere, after being deconstructed, can be reassembled at twice its size); and a vigorous defense of the objective reality of mathematical theorems independent of human culture. On the literary side, Gardner discusses two neglected works by G.K. Chesterton, one of which concerns an imaginary but now very topical war between Islam and Christianity. He also considers the fantasies of L. Frank Baum that don't take place in Oz, Clement Moore's ever-popular The Night Before Christmas, and the many fascinating books by Lewis Carroll that are sometimes overshadowed by his famous Alice in Wonderland. A treat for longtime Gardner readers or the perfect introduction for newcomers, The Jinn from Hyperspace offers a rich selection of stimulating intellectual wonders.

Jinn from Hyperspace Reviews

""Martin Gardner's status as a legend of popular mathematics and science writing was secured long ago. If you know him chiefly as a recreational mathematician, you'll find this collection of writings an eye-opener. Gardner includes musings on homeopathy, false memory syndrome, G. K. Chesterton and Lewis Carroll among curiosities in physics and maths, harvested from essays, articles and even letters to newspaper editors. Clear, closely argued and entertaining, they are a fascinating insight into the breadth of interest and fecundity of the man, now in his 90s." --New Scientist "This collection, brimming with charm and wit, includes a fascinating range of articles originally published in such journals as Math Horizons, The Skeptical Inquirer and The New Criterion, as well as in Gardner's past books. The title story is a confabulation of satire, homage and mathematical puzzle that encapsulates the many themes and variations of this far-reaching book... Though readers might be put off by the breadth of subject matter, or wonder why a "serious" mathematical writer might trouble himself with The Wizard of Oz, Gardner fully validates all his interests with lively prose, appropriate humor and umbrage where needed." --Publishers Weekly

About Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner (1914 - 2010), the creator of Scientific American's "Mathematical Games" column, which he wrote for more than twenty-five years, was the author of almost one hundred books, including The Annotated Night Before Christmas, The Annotated Snark, Martin Gardner's Favorite Poetic Parodies, From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley Jr., and Science: Good, Bad and Bogus. For many years he was also a contributing editor to the Skeptical Inquirer.

Table of Contents

The False Memory Wars; The Sad Case of Father Shanley1; Penrose: The Road to Reality; Penrose: The Emperor's New Mind; Time-Reversed Worlds; The Ars Magna of Ramon Lull; The Banach-Tarski Paradox; Transcendental Numbers and Early Birds; A Defence of Platonic Realism; The Jinn from Hyperspace; Satan and the Apple; Blabbage's Decision Paradox; Professor Cracker's Antitelephone; Energy from the Vacuum?; PopCo; Four Letters; Is Beauty Truth?; Is String Theory in Trouble?; Do Loops Explain Consciousness?; Chesterton: The Flying Inn; Chesterton: Manalive; The Night Before Christmas; The Great Crumpled Paper Hoax; So Long Old Girl; Queen Zixi of Ix; The Enchanted Island of Yew; John Dough and the Cherub; The Magical Monarch of Mo; American Fairy Tales; Mother Goose in Prose; How the Oz Club Started; Sylvie and Bruno; Phantasmagoria; The Nursery Alice; Alice's Adventures Under Ground; The Two Alice Books.

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GOR011139536
Jinn from Hyperspace: And Other Scribblings--Both Serious and Whimsical by Martin Gardner
Used - Like New
Hardback
Prometheus Books
2007-11-30
307
0763737615
9780763737610
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