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261 pages; Fine condition. Full number sequence. No creases. Solid, clean. An excellent gift! Gardner's legacy in mathematics and science is well established, and never is he more at home than when examining paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Gardner's Whys and Wherefores includes articles on the puzzles in James Joyce's Ulysses and on the fantasies of Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Lord Dunsany, Gilbert Chesterton, and H. G. Wells. He expresses strong opinions on many things, for instance, the idiosyncracies of Alan Bloom, the reality of unknown digits that "sleep" in pi, and whether physicists are really on the verge of discovering Everything. Trade Paperback.