Free Math Magazines!

Published on Sunday, May 11, 2014 in , , , , , , , ,

Signe Karin’s newsstand photoMany of you are spending today with your mother in honor of Mother's Day, so I won't strain your brain too much today.

In fact, I'll just leave a few free magazines on the table for your perusal when you have some time later.

I'll start with the brand new Recreational Mathematics Magazine. This magazine is available as a whole PDF, or as PDFs of individual articles. The first article that caught my attention here was “The Secrets of Notakto: Winning at X-only Tic-Tac-Toe”. It caught my attention because I'd written about Notakto strategy 2 years ago, including how to win playing on 1 or 2 boards, and then how to win when playing on 3 or more boards.

Don't let me rob you of the joy of discovery, however. The other articles, including the one about Lewis Carroll's mathematical side, the one about vanishing area puzzles, and others are all waiting to be discovered.

The next math magazine I'd like to draw your attention to is Eureka, published by the Archimedeans, the Mathematical Society of the University of Cambridge, since 1939. New issues are being made available online for free by mathigon.org. This is no minor mathematical publication, either. It was the Archimedeans' Eureka magazine that, back in October 1973, had the honor of being the first to publish John Conway's Doomsday Algorithm for calculating the day of the week for any date.

Generally, The College Mathematics Journal isn't available online for free, but they have generously posted the full contents of their January 2012 Martin Gardner issue online for free! It's full of the kind of recreational mathematics which Martin Gardner loved and Grey Matters readers are sure to appreciate and enjoy. There are too many articles to single any one out for special attention, so I suggest jumping in and seeing what catches your eye first!

The final magazine I'll set out for your perusal isn't a mathematical magazine, but rather a magic magazine called Vanish, which is free to download, or read online as a page-flipping e-magazine. The reason I'm including it here with math magazines is because of Diamond Jim Tyler's article on “The Game of 31”. This is variation of our old friend Nim. For a Nim variation, 31 has a surprising amount of its own variations, including a dice version, a finger dart version, and a version which you can still scam someone after teaching them the secret!

That's all for now, so I'll wish you happy reading!

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