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## Mathematical Treks## From Surreal Numbers to Magic CirclesIvars Peterson |

Series: Spectrum

The first book in a joint publishing venture between the MAA and Science News

In 1995, Ivars Peterson and his colleagues at *Science News* began planning the magazine's debut on the World Wide Web. Ivars Peterson, who had long admired Martin Gardner's "Mathematical Games" columns in *Scientific American* decided to write a weekly on-line column about various aspects of mathematics. The MAA offered to post these articles on the MAA website, which became the immensely popular "Math Treks" column in *MAA Online* (/news/columns.html).

The first article appeared on *MAA Online* on February 26, 1996 on the chess match between world champion Garry Kasparov and Chess computer Deep Blue. Since then he has written more than 250 articles on a wide range of topics in mathematics and its applications, along wire a glance at old puzzles, famous problems and historic events: anything mathematical that happens to catch his eye.

Contents: Calculation and the Chess Master â?¢ The Cow in the Classroom â?¢ A Passion for Pi â?¢ Computing in the Surreal Realm â?¢ Pythagoras Plays Ball â?¢ Recycling Topology â?¢ Soap Films and Grid Walks â?¢ Mating Games and Lizards â?¢ Random Bits â?¢ Spreading Rumors â?¢ Toward A Fairer Expansion Draft â?¢ Cracking the Ball-Control Myth â?¢ Math and a Music Education; Sprouts â?¢ Groups, Graphs, and Paul ErdÃ¶s â?¢ DNA Adds Up, Computing with the EDSAC â?¢ Waring Experiments Old and New Arithmetic â?¢ Matchsticks in the Summer â?¢ Tricky Crossing â?¢ Beyond the Ellipse â?¢ Trouble with Wild-Card Poker â?¢ Prime Theorems â?¢ Champion Numbers â?¢ A Perfect Collaboration â?¢ Fragments of the Past â?¢ More than Magic Squares â?¢ Rolling with Reuleaux â?¢ Next in Line â?¢ Pennies in a Tray â?¢ Fair Play and Dreidel â?¢ Euclid's Fourteenth Book.

View Mathematical Treks' detailed bibliography, with dozens of links to resources of further interest!

**Catalog Code: TRK**

150 pp., Paperbound, 2001

ISBN 0-88385-537-2

List $24.95 MAA Member:$19.95

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