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*Aha! Gotcha : Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight*.] 1982 1983*The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener*.1983*Order and Surprise*.1985*The Sacred Beetle and other great essays in science: revised edn*.- [
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*Urantia: the great cult mystery*.] 1995 - [
*The Night is Large: collected essays 1938-1995*.] 1997 - [
*Gardner's Workout: training the mind and entertaining the spirit*.] 2001 - Mathematical Recreations.
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*Wheels, Life and Other Mathematical Amusements*.] 1985 - [
*Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical Entertainments*.] 1986 1988*Time Travel and other mathematical bewilderments*.- [
*Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers*.] 1997 - [
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*The New Age*.] 1988 - [
*Weird Water & Fuzzy Logic*.] 1996 2000*Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?*.

Here are many articles from Gardner's *Skeptical Inquirer*
column "Notes of a Fringe Watcher", about
pseudoscience and other way-out
whacky beliefs. It covers such bizarre cases as reflexology,
egg-balancing, urine therapy, Freud [how *did* his ideas last so
long?], Carlos Castaneda's newage anthropology, the Heaven's Gate mass
suicide, numerology, and also Alan
Sokal's beautiful hoax. I was left amazed, and saddened, at
some of the things people believe, and do.

However, I feel there is something missing from this book. In the
introduction, where Gardner laments the population's deplorable ignorance
of science, he says that he hopes the book might help
an open-minded reader to discard a crazy belief. But I don't
see how. He simply lays out the crazy beliefs for our inspection. Yet for
those ignorant enough of science to think that these ideas could have any
basis in reality, this bald description of those ideas surely will not
help them realise otherwise. It clearly cannot be *obvious* to such
people *why* these ideas are crazy. There needs to be some
explanation of why. And that explanation is what is missing.