# Mathematical game

**Mathematical games** include many topics which are a part of **recreational mathematics**, but can also cover topics such as the mathematics of games, and playing games with mathematics.

*Mathematical Games* was the title of a long-running column on the subject by Martin Gardner in Scientific American. He inspired several new generations of mathematicians and scientists through his interest in mathematical recreations. *Mathematical Games* was succeeded by *Metamagical Themas*, a similarly distinguished but shorter-running column by Douglas Hofstadter.

This can be a more serious subject than the name belies. It can include the statistical analysis of card games such as Poker, Bridge or Ambition to understand and improve play techniques.

## Playing games with mathematics

The foremost popularizers of recreational mathematics in recent years have been

Other figures in recreational mathematics history have included:

## Specific mathematical games

Some sort of mathematics can be found in nearly all types of games.

Other games and pastimes of non-trivial mathematical interest:

- Juggling (juggling patterns)
- Origami (many mathematical results, some deep)

See also:

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