Order and Surprise by Martin Gardner

By Martin Gardner

This selection of essays by means of America's most appropriate polymath delves into a number of the many desirable topics within which Martin Gardner has had an abiding curiosity. Focusing totally on literary and philosophical matters, Order and shock is the sequel to the generally acclaimed technology: reliable, undesirable and Bogus. a few of Gardner's top essays and reports are incorporated during this quantity, such as:
"Why Librarians Dislike Oz"
"The unusual Case of Robert Maynard Hutchins"
"H.G. Wells, 'Premature' Anti-Communist"
"Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four"
"Is Nature Ambidextrous?"
"Beyond Cultural Relativism"
"The Popperism of Sir Karl"
"Keeping Up With Einstein"

In addition, Gardner has incorporated a lot of his perceptive experiences of books through and approximately such authors as Franz Kafka, Thomas Wolfe, John Updike, Vance Packard, Colin Wilson, Lewis Carroll, and lots of others.

In a few instances the writer has converted the unique texts, occasionally restoring passages got rid of by way of editors, occasionally including new footnotes to replace the cloth. in lots of situations, Gardner has further a postscript that permits him to touch upon a piece of writing or evaluation. just like the past anthology, this ebook is split into components. the 1st comprises articles in chronological order of e-book; the second one, booklet stories in related order.

Order and shock represents Gardner at his top - incisive, witty, and urbane.

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Mrs. ," Dr. " Mrs. G. ) He received a good hand when he finished. The lights went on. I saw Iva-she had slipped into a dress-approaching the bar. " she said. "I thought I recognized you during the act. Come along. " I slapped some change on the bar. "Old friend," I explained to the bug-eyed man on my lee. The three of us took a taxi to Dr. Matrix's rooms, now at the more expensive Allerton Hotel. He was surprisingly cordial. "Yes," he said, "I chose that order3 square because it contained 1964 so svmmetrically.

For this reason "Dallas, Texas," where Kennedy was murdered, appears beneath the K. DALLAS, TEXAS has eleven letters. JOHN KENNEDY has eleven letters. ," the origin of the President's fatal trip. Below the serial number on the right, and above and below the serial number on the left, are pairs of ll's. Eleven, of course, is the month of November. The two l l ' s add to 22, the day of the assassination. To the right of Washington's picture is "Series 1963A," the year of the assassination. "-The Wisdom of Solomon, Old Testament Apocrypha, chapter 11, verse 20.

Both assassins were Southerners who held extremist views. 12. Both assassins were murdered before they could be brought to trial. 13. Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and fled to a barn. ["Barn" was changed to "warehouse" on most copies of Dr. ] Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theater. 14. LINCOLN and KENNEDY each has seven letters. 15. ANDREW JOHNSON and LYNDON JOHNSON each has thirteen letters. 16. JOHN WILKES BOOTH and LEE HARVEY OSWALD each has fifteen letters. Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service, had they been skilled in the prophetic aspects of numerology, would have been more alert on the fatal day.

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