Book Of Interest?

Ed Pegg edp at
Tue Feb 5 23:53:44 CET 2002

Subject: Fwd: Book Of Interest?
The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars
An Exhibition of Surprising Structures across Dimensions
Clifford A. Pickover

  I picked this book up, and liked it.  As a cautionary
note, if you don't like Magic Squares, you probably won't 
like this book.

  There is a good story in the back chapters about The
Great Fubini.  He turned to magic squares after the stock
market crash of 1929, and developed a decades long obsession
in large constructions.  He was also a friend of National
Puzzler League member Twisto, who is now in his 80s.

  I mentioned this to Cliff, and he went to visit 
Twisto at his home, and dug up all sorts of information about
The Great Fubini and his constructions.  A full chapter of 
Cliff's book is devoted to him.  Nice research.

  The moral:  Obsessing enough about numbers can make you
famous in the far future.  (I find that comforting.)

  -Ed Pegg Jr.

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