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I did not find out to much later that it was his very first column in the magazine and that I had climbed aboard his bus at the very first stop. At this point the humble game of ticktacktoe plunges us into far from trivial questions of probability and psychology. The game cannot end in a draw, because one player hexaf,exagons block the other only by completing his own chain.

Ten suggests the fingers. After the bullet shatters the white knight, White mates in four by taking the pawn with his pawn. Gene Widhoff, Burbank, California.

Then five little fellows tackled one big fish and killed him in 2 minutes 24 seconds ; while the other little ones were idversions tling with the other big ones. Hardy re- marked that this was a dull number. Hamilton called it the Icosian calculus, though the game was actually played on the edges of a dodecahedron. Both edges are simple closed curves, linked.

The calculus could be applied to a number of unusual path-tracing problems on the surfaces of the five Platonic solids, particularly the icosahedron and dodecahed- 56 The Icosian Game and the Tower of Hanoi ron.

After the reader has played Hex for a while, he may wish to tackle three problems devised by Hein. Hempers paradox quickly dispels this illusion, for we can easily prove, with ironclad logic, that a purple cow also is a confirming instance of the hy- pothesis that all crows are black!


The remaining cards are shuffled and handed to the magician. The strip is now the same length as the one used for the hexahexa. Fairly stiff paper at least an inch and a half wide is recommended. The jockeys can be placed on the two donkeys which miraculously break into a gallop as shown in Figure He has mathemaical way of telling whether the native is a truth-teller or a liar.

It is divfrsions best, in fact, to work out your own key words and mental associa- tions rather than adopt those of someone else ; your inven- tions will be closer to your own experience othet therefore easier to recall. This was first called to my attention by Albert Nicholas, professor of education doversions Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, where the mak- ing of hexagons became something of a craze in the diversiins months of The reader may consult page 47 in the cur- rent edition of W.

Here we distinguish the simple liar ivho ahvays utters ivhat is simply false from the hexaflexaggons liar who ahvays utters the logical dual of the truth. Dotted lines show some winning plays.

Stone became a lecturer in mathe- matics at the University of Manchester in England, and is now at the University of Rochester, New York.

At right a Hamiltonian path is traced along the edges of a four-dimensional cube projected in three dimensions.

Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions by Martin Gardner

Haggstrom, of Ann Arbor, Michigan is best: It hearkens back to the halcyon days of nerdery before the Internet, when instead of watching youtube videos and writing python code, ohter geeks sat around folding strips of paper in certain ways.


Smith says, “I have two children and at least one of them is a boy. This has only the one form described in this chapter. The key to the solution is your knowl- Nine Problems 33 edge that the labels on all three of the boxes are incorrect. It is by means of such chains of mental pictures that pro- fessional memory experts are djversions to repeat long lists of ran- dom digits immediately after the list has been read aloud to them.

The same dievrsions can also be applied, with ingenious variations, to the memorizing of numbers.

Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions

The cigarettes must not be bent or broken. They meet othfr where on the way. The fact that a single interchange of any two blocks auto- matically reverses the parity underlies a particularly fiend- ish version of the puzzle marketed a few years ago. The only calculation you need make it can be done in your head is to subtract 30 from the number he names, then divide by four.

eiversions Anna rated it it was amazing Apr 08, Not wishing to exhaust himself by needless stair-climbing, and having a passionate interest in operations research, the electrician sat down on the top floor with pencil and paper and soon devised the most efficient possible method of label- ing the wires. My interest in his hexafoexagons hasn’t waned one iota since. Paradoxicallythe positional judg- ment of this machine ivas good; its chief weakness was in end-game combinatorial play. The number alphabet is strictly phonetic.