Make an eggshell turn a somersault, spin a coin so that it lands on "heads," teach a bear to climb a string, and perform other acts of scientific wizardry! Martin Gardner, the master of mathematical puzzles, shares more than 80 of his finest magic tricks, teaching children and adults the scientific p... read more
Entertaining Science Experiments with Everyday Objects by Martin Gardner A prominent popular science writer presents simple instructions for 100 illustrated experiments. Memorable, easily understood experiments illuminate principles related to astronomy, chemistry, physiology, psychology, mathematics, topology, probability, acoustics, other areas.
Mind-Boggling Word Puzzles by Martin Gardner, V.G. Myers A famous puzzlemeister presents 103 perplexing brainteasers, anagrams, and rebus and logic puzzles. There are clues — and humor — in the 69 whimsical illustrations, plus solutions for anyone who gets stumped.
Science Projects for Young People by George Barr More than 30 safe and entertaining experiments explain the scientific principles behind electricity and magnetism, light and color, water and air, sound and music, plants and animals, and much more.
Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing by Martin Gardner Cipher and decipher codes: transposition and polyalphabetical ciphers, famous codes, typewriter and telephone codes, codes that use playing cards, knots, and swizzle sticks . . . even invisible writing and sending messages through space. 45 diagrams.
Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles by Martin Gardner A mixture of old and new riddles covering a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles, and more. 65 black-and-white illustrations.
Cup and Saucer Chemistry by Nathan Shalit Thirty-eight safe experiments for youngsters seven and up. All they need to perform these fun and fascinating exercises are common household items: aspirin, paper towels, vinegar, and more.
Safe and Simple Electrical Experiments by Rudolf F. Graf 101 entertaining projects and experiments are a fast and reliable way of learning basic principles of electricity. Detailed instructions and illustrations.
Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers by Martin Gardner Ninety-three riddles, mazes, illusions, tricky questions, word and picture puzzles, and other challenges offer hours of entertainment for youngsters. Richly illustrated with rib-tickling drawings by Laszlo Kubinyi. Includes solutions.
Science Magic Tricks by Nathan Shalit Easy-to-follow instructions, clear illustrations for 50 safe, science-related tricks: making squares and lines disappear, creating a magical doorway out of paper, cutting glass with scissors, and much more.
47 Easy-to-Do Classic Science Experiments by Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr., Asterie Baker Provenzo Simple but enjoyable experiments, performed with common household items, teach youngsters principles of light, elasticity, perspective, gravity, air pressure, optics, more. Instructions and illustrations.
Biology Experiments for Children by Ethel Hanauer Cells, using a microscope, plant life, animals; 77 experiments involve growing protozoa, bacteria, building a terrarium, growing seeds in a sponge, studying spider web formation, similar material. Over 100 illustrations
Chemistry Experiments for Children by Virginia L. Mullin Exciting experiments introduce important principles of modern science. More than 40 illustrated projects include growing a crystal garden, manufacturing oxygen, creating a miniature volcano, making soap and toothpaste, and more.
Physics Experiments for Children by Muriel Mandell Over 100 projects demonstrate composition of objects, how substances are affected by various forms of energy — heat, light, sound, electricity, etc. Over 100 illustrations.
Science Experiments and Amusements for Children by Charles Vivian Seventy-three easy experiments — requiring only materials found at home or easily available, such as candles, coins, steel wool, etc. — illustrate basic phenomena like vacuum, simple chemical reactions, and more. All safe. Modern, well-planned.
Self-Working Coin Magic: 92 Foolproof Tricks by Karl Fulves Clearly worded instructions, 251 step-by-step illustrations show novices, veterans how to seemingly pluck coins from the air, make a coin penetrate a tabletop, perform psychic tricks with coins and bills, much more.
Self-Working Handkerchief Magic: 61 Foolproof Tricks by Karl Fulves Dazzling "sleights of silk" require no special dexterity or long hours of practice. Threading the Needle, Silk from Silk, Houdini's Coat, 58 more. Step-by-step instructions. Over 500 illustrations.
Self-Working Rope Magic: 70 Foolproof Tricks by Karl Fulves From one of today's foremost experts: a guidebook with clear instructions and over 400 step-by-step illustrations that show readers how to perform 70 of the best, easiest-to-master, most entertaining rope tricks ever created.
Make an eggshell turn a somersault, spin a coin so that it lands on "heads," teach a bear to climb a string, and perform other acts of scientific wizardry! Martin Gardner, the master of mathematical puzzles, shares more than 80 of his finest magic tricks, teaching children and adults the scientific properties behind water, air, fire, heat, motion, gravity, inertia, friction, electricity, magnetism, sound, and light. Fun and fascinating, the simple maneuvers require only basic everyday props, and those requiring matches, knives, boiling water, and other tricky items are marked with a symbol that lets kids know they'll need assistance from an adult. Helpful drawings illustrate each stunt.
Reprint of the Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 1997 edition.
The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005.
To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which — despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution — continues to be operative today.
In the Author's Own Words: "Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs."
"A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" — Martin Gardner
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