The American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics have announced that the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM), April 2014, is Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery.
As suggested by the design of the poster at right, designed by Eve and Bruce Torrence and unveiled at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Mathematics Awareness Month 2014 will be dedicated to the presentation of 30 magical, mysterious, mathematical phenomena. These are gems that can easily be appreciated by anyone, from young child to professional mathematician. Each day in April, a new phenomenon will be revealed at mathaware.org. There will be an introductory video along with supplementary materials for those who wish to attain a deeper understanding or use the phenomenon in a classroom demonstration.
The phrasing of the 2014 MAM theme derives from the title of a 1956 book in which Martin Gardner—a preScientific American Martin Gardner—explained the mathematics behind what the book’s description on Amazon.com calls “a multitude of mystifying tricks.”
MAM’s salute to the late Gardner comes in the leadup to the beloved puzzler’s centennial, which fans will celebrate on October 21, 2014.
As you gear up for Mathematics Awareness Month, let the resources collected below inspire you, and check back often to see what MAA is doing in celebration of MAM 2014.
MAA is teaming up with Google to present Connected Classrooms events throughout April that focus on this year’s theme: Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery. Powered by Google Hangouts on Air, these Connected Classrooms events will connect MAA speakers with middle and high school classrooms around the country. Details and schedule of Connected Classrooms events here.
Gardner was perhaps best known as the author of the "Mathematical Games" column for Scientific American, which ran from 1956 to 1981. Throughout his career he wrote more than 70 books and collections of essays on topics ranging from Lewis Carroll and magic tricks to philosophy, religion, and scientific skepticism. Several of his most popular writings are available in the MAA Store.
Martin Gardner in the TwentyFirst Century Eight works by Gardner himself, published between 1999 and 2010, supplemented by 33 chapters written in response to Gardner's work 

Martin Gardner's "Mathematical Games" Gardner's Scientific American column "Mathematical Games" on a single, searchable source 


Mathematical Magic Show Nineteen tantalizing conundrums 
Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers Included here are chapters on Conway's surreal numbers, Mandelbrot's fractals, and Smullyan's logic puzzles 


Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi The inaugural volume in Martin Gardner's New Mathematical Library. These mathematical recreations delight and perplex while demonstrating principles of logic, probability, geometry, and other fields of mathematics. 

Origami, Eleusis, and the Soma Cube The second volume in Gardner's New Mathematical Library, updated chapters, including new game variations, mathematical proofs, and other developments and discoveries, to challenge and fascinate a new generation of readers. 

Sphere Packing, Lewis Carroll, and Reversi Packing spheres, Reversi, braids, polyominoes, board games, and the puzzles of Lewis Carroll 

Mathematical Puzzle Tales The challenging problems presented here are based on geometry, logarithms, topology, probability, weird number sequences, logic and, virtually every other aspect of mathematics as well as wordplay. 