Quadratic Formula Nomograph
Recreational Math
This is a cute graphical computing device which finds the roots of a quadratic polynomial. Stretch the (included) string between two scales representing the coefficients of the polynomial, and it tells you the roots! This device is based on an original 1915 design by E.T. Whittaker.
ET Whittaker
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Chris Staecker
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Public Math Postcards
Recreational Math
Postcard from Public Math with thought provoking questions.
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Molly Daley
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C.L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) Oxford Mathematician
Recreational Math
Word Play
Lewis Carroll, the nom de plume of the Rev. Charles L. Dodgson, a mathematics lecturer at Oxford, was also an innovator in recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, cryptography, and inventions. His appearances in Scientific American began with mathematician Warren Weaver’s article in April 1956, and his name is mentioned over a hundred times in fourteen of Martin Gardner’s “Mathematical Games” columns. Using these as a springboard, topics will also include Carroll himself, the Wonderland/Looking-Glass dyad, Gardner, and their intertwining in The Annotated Alice.
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Mark Burstein
Stan Isaacs
Stuart Moskowitz
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14 Rabbiducks
Puzzle
Recreational Math
The puzzle is to fit 14 “rabbiduck” polyomino pieces into an 8x11 rectangle. (Gardner wrote about polyominoes in multiple columns. The specific polyomino pieces used are inspired by the rabbit/duck illusion that Gardner called the Rabbitduck in his autobiography.)
14 “Rabbiduck” Pieces that look (crudely) like a rabbit or a duck depending on orientation.
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Haym Hirsh
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The Art of Destroying Flexagons
Puzzle
Toy
Recreational Math
Destroying flexagons can be fun and artistic! We suggest 4 different ways to artistically destroy flexagons, each with its own merit. Our exchange gift is a set of 4 flexagons strips, one for each demonstration and the attached explanation sheet.
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Yossi Elran
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Rep-Tile Tangram
Puzzle
Recreational Math
The gift will be a number of cut-out pages to create a rep-tile tangram: A tangram shape that is made from tangram shapes, that are made from tangram shapes.
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Sabine Segre
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Traveling Through the Sierpinski Carpet and Menger Sponge
Puzzle
Recreational Math
An ant wants to travel from one corner of the Sierpinski carpet to the opposite corner using the shortest possible route. And his friend, a termite, wants to do the same in the Menger sponge. Can you guide them well?
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Derek Smith
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A "Pick a Card" Card
Magic
Recreational Math
A card (roughly the size of an index card) with an image that contains 54 playing cards (some duplicates, of course!). A spectator chooses one of the playing cards and, after a few questions, the magician reveals the choice!
The premise is similar to the well-known “pick a number” cards where binary representations are used to identify a mystery number that a spectator has chosen. In this case, the spectator will select any card that he/she sees, and indicate the colors of the squares in which this card is found. The magician then reveals the thought-of card!
Instructions will be printed on the back of the card.
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John Harris
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Penrose P3
Puzzle
Art
Recreational Math
I am making paper flexagons with Penrose patterns on them to illustrate the patterns. My stuff touches three things from Martin Gardner, Flexagons, Penrose Tiles, and Polyominos (the classification system for tetraflexagons is based on these with a minor redefinition of polyomino).
See demostration: <a href="https://youtube.com/shorts/HUFKLH3Igqo">https://youtube.com/shorts/HUFKLH3Igqo</a>
R2D3 Designs R2D3 Deseigns
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Red Deupree
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Abstract Photograph - Acura TL
Art
Recreational Math
One of my interests is abstract photography, using ordinary photographs as the “paint” and using spatial and mathematical transformations to create an image from one or more sources. One transformation that I’ve been exploring is “Inside Out”, which involves moving the center of the image to the outside and moving the edges of the image to the center. For some source images, the result is a pleasing abstract that doesn’t immediately resemble the source but which contains recognizable elements of the original when you look closely.
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David L. Kahn
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The Accountant
Recreational Math
Legacy
Martin Gardner would sometimes wrap puzzles inside stories he concocted, such as with the book “The Numerology of Dr. Matrix.” The following puts my favorite puzzle in that tradition: The Accountant
by Barney Sperlin
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Barney Sperlin
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A Torus Without Diagonals
Puzzle
Recreational Math
Cut-and-fold a polyhedron with 7 vertices, 14 faces, 21 edges, and a hole through it like a doughnut. A cube has internal diagonals that connect the diametrically opposite corners. By contrast, this polyhedron has no internal diagonals. There are three other 14-faced polyhedra like this. The only other known example of a polyhedron with no diagonals is the tetrahedron.
Akos Csaszar
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Gwen Fisher
Barry Hayes
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I AM THE RHOMBUS
Puzzle
Recreational Math
In one package: the strip of triangles and brochure for this new flexagon. The colorfully illustrated brochure will include folding directions, flexing directions, and images of the different possible faces.
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Ann Schwartz
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StarHex-14: Theo Geerinck's 14 Polystars
Puzzle
Recreational Math
14 tiles consisting of hexagons with 0 to 6 equilateral triangles attached on their edges can be cut from card stock provided to solve the large collection of puzzle figures presented. Five colors, each tile shape is unique with one mirror pair. Rules for two strategy games for two players are included.
This is the printed version of StarHex-I that I make in lasercut acrylic sold on the Kadon website, <a href="http://www.gamepuzzles.com/tiling2.htm#SH14" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">www.gamepuzzles.com/tiling2.htm#SH14</a>
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Kate Jones
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The 14 Two-Color Frieze Symmetries in Mosaic Knitting
Art
Recreational Math
Mosaic knitting, a relatively new form of two-color knitting, has become popular because it is easier for the knitter than most traditional forms of color work. The price of this ease is an unusual set of restrictions on color placement for the pattern designer. Carolyn Yackel and I have researched the impact of these constraints on the symmetries of knitting patterns, culminating in a classification of the color-swapping symmetry groups possible in mosaic knitting.
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Susan Goldstine
Carolyn Yackel
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Puzzle Menu
Puzzle
Recreational Math
A puzzle hunt hidden inside an 8-page pamphlet.
Bill Chang
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Nick Baxter
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Golomb Rulers
Recreational Math
A perfect ruler for daily use. In mathematics, a Golomb ruler is a set of marks at integer positions along a ruler such that no two pairs of marks are the same distance apart.
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Qingqing Mao
John Bohannon
Yuan Mei
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G4G14 Exchange Gift (Martin Gardner Magic Trick)
Magic
Recreational Math
Legacy
We, on behalf of ThinkFun, would like to submit a physical gift based on a personal letter sent from Martin Gardner to one of our founders, Bill Ritchie, in 1994. We will submit photocopies of the letter, which describes how to perform the magic trick. We will also include the pieces needed to perform the magic trick.
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Bill Ritchie
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14-sided and Skew 8-sided Dice
Toy
Recreational Math
A fair 14-sided die in the form of a heptagonal trapezohedron and a fair 8-sided die ("Skew d8") in the form of a triangular dihedron.
Dice Lab
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Robert Fathauer
Henry Segerman
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Octaroller
Puzzle
Recreational Math
BUILD your OCTAROLLER ! from 3 parts square.
RACE your OCTAROLLER ! down the ramp in a straight line.
CHEER your OCTAROLLER ! with supplied cheering pom pom on a toothpick.
Octaroller is included in Geometric Foundations of Design: Old and New -
(Knots and Everything) by Jay Kappraff.
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Dick Esterle
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Veternary - Magic Trick
Game
Art
Mathematical Magic
Recreational Math
An animal based who-is-who in which with the right three questions any animal becomes uniquely identified using a ternary "sieve". For the first 16 animals this also works in binary.
Tiago Hirth
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Ines Amaro
Illistrations & Design: Ines Amaro
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Zebra Stripe Card
Recreational Math
Zebra stripe IBM binary card.
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John E. Miller
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A G4G14 Puzzle
Puzzle
Recreational Math
This is a paper ring with a number puzzle. The hint is actually the logo that is at the beginning (which of course will be right after the end when it's a ring).
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Skona Brittain
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How to Put This Design on an Egg
Art
Recreational Math
I have made a full-color, two-sided instruction sheet on how to draw the attached design on an egg, along with a laminated picture of one of my eggs that has adhesive on the back to become a sticker.
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Susan D. Jones
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The Martian Mayor Problem
Recreational Math
The Martian Mayor Problem looks at designing square modular networks which create Euclidean distances between modules. The catch is that there are a limited number of tunnels (connections) between modules. This is a mostly open problem as far as I know.
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T. Arthur Terlep
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