Martin Gardner (1914–2010) was a science writer and novelist. He was the author of The New Ambidextrous Universe, Fractal Music, Hypercards and More, The Night is Large and Visitors from Oz.

IN THE REVIEW

The New New Math

Multicultural and Gender Equity in the Mathematics Classroom: The Gift of Diversity (1997 Yearbook)

edited by Janet Trentacosta and Margaret J. Kenney

Focus on Algebra: An Integrated Approach

by Randall I. Charles and Alba González Thompson
Surveys have shown for many decades that the mathematical skills of American high school students lag far behind those of their counterparts in Japan, Korea, Singapore, and many European countries. In the United States whites do better than blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans. Males outscore females. Students from high socioeconomic …

How He Lost It

I Was Wrong

by Jim Bakker

Tammy: Telling It My Way

by Tammy Faye Messner
Jim Bakker’s confessional I Was Wrong is a remarkable work in many respects, not least of which is the skill with which it is written. His earlier autobiography, Move That Mountain (1976), was a ghostwritten potboiler. I Was Wrong acknowledges the help of Ken Abraham, “who used his skills to …

A-Symmetry

Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer?

by Ian Stewart and Martin Golubitsky

Symmetry in Chaos: A Search for Pattern in Mathematics, Art and Nature

by Michael Field and Martin Golubitsky
When Blake wrote of the Tyger’s “fearful symmetry” he was using the noun as a synonym for beauty. Today the word usually means any kind of regular pattern. Geometers sharpen the definition by making symmetry the property of a figure that stays the same after a given operation is performed.

Beauty in Numbers

Mathematics: The New Golden Age

by Keith Devlin

Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge

by William Poundstone
The front cover of Keith Devlin’s Penguin paperback is a dazzling computer image reproduced from a Springer Verlag book, The Beauty of Fractals. If it looks familiar it’s because you’ve seen it on the front cover of James Gleick’s recent best seller, Chaos, published by Viking. Two books with identical …