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Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles

Mathematical Puzzles
Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486252117
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Playing with mathematical riddles can be an intriguing and fun-filled pastime — as popular science writer Martin Gardner proves in this entertaining collection. Puzzlists need only an elementary knowledge of math and a will to resist looking up the answer before trying to solve a problem. Written in a light and witty style, Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles is a mixture of old and new riddles, grouped into sections that cover a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles, and more. The probability section, for example, points out that everything we do, everything that happens around us, obeys the laws of probability; geometry puzzles test our ability to think pictorially and often, in more than one dimension; while topology, among the "youngest and rowdiest branches of modern geometry," offers a glimpse into a strange dimension where properties remain unchanged, no matter how a figure is twisted, stretched, or compressed. Clear and concise comments at the beginning of each section explain the nature and importance of the math needed to solve each puzzle. A carefully explained solution follows each problem. In many cases, all that is needed to solve a puzzle is the ability to think logically and clearly, to be "on the alert for surprising, off-beat angles...that strange hidden factor that everyone else had overlooked." Fully illustrated, this engaging collection will appeal to parents and children, amateur mathematicians, scientists, and students alike, and may, as the author writes, make the reader "want to study the subject in earnest" and explains "some of the inviting paths that wind away from the problems into lusher areas of the mathematical jungle." 65 black-and-white illustrations.
Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles
Language: en
Pages: 112
Authors: Martin Gardner
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1986-10 - Publisher: Courier Corporation
Playing with mathematical riddles can be an intriguing and fun-filled pastime — as popular science writer Martin Gardner proves in this entertaining collection. Puzzlists need only an elementary knowledge of math and a will to resist looking up the answer before trying to solve a problem. Written in a light
Mathematical Puzzles
Language: en
Pages: 410
Authors: Peter Winkler
Categories: Mathematics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-21 - Publisher: CRC Press
Research in mathematics is much more than solving puzzles, but most people will agree that solving puzzles is not just fun: it helps focus the mind and increases one's armory of techniques for doing mathematics. Mathematical Puzzles makes this connection explicit by isolating important mathematical methods, then using them to
Mathematical Puzzles
Language: en
Pages: 167
Authors: Sam Loyd
Categories: Games & Activities
Type: BOOK - Published: 1959 - Publisher: Courier Corporation
Choice puzzles by one of America's most ingenious creators of mathematical entertainments, ranging from simple exercises in arithmetic to complex calculus problems
Math Puzzles and Brainteasers, Grades 6-8
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Terry Stickels
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-09-15 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Number puzzles, spatial/visual puzzles, cryptograms, Sudoku, Kokuro, logic puzzles, and word games like Frame Games are all a great way to teach math and problem-solving skills to elementary and middle school students. In these two new collections, puzzle master Terry Stickels provides puzzles and brain games that range from simple
Mystifying Mathematical Puzzles
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Joseph S. Madachy
Categories: Games & Activities
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-05-16 - Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
"Fans will find this volume indispensable; casual readers will find it an attractive nuisance," observed The Scientific American of this challenging compilation of conundrums, diabolic squares, flexagons, geometric dissections, other puzzles.
Mathematical Puzzles and Curiosities
Language: en
Pages: 173
Authors: Barry R. Clarke
Categories: Mathematics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013 - Publisher: Courier Corporation
"Very satisfying." — Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times. This new collection features an intriguing mix of recreational math, logic, and creativity puzzles, many of which first appeared in the author's Daily Telegraph (UK) column. Requiring only basic algebra skills, classic and new puzzles include The Monty Hall
More Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd
Language: en
Pages: 177
Authors: Sam Loyd, Martin Gardner
Categories: Games
Type: BOOK - Published: 1960 - Publisher: Courier Corporation
Second collection of amusing, thought-provoking problems and puzzles from the "Cyclopedia." Arithmetic, algebra, speed and distance problems, game theory, counter and sliding block problems, similar topics. 166 problems. 150 original drawings, diagrams.
The Population Explosion and Other Mathematical Puzzles
Language: en
Pages: 164
Authors: Dick Hess
Categories: Mathematics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-03-11 - Publisher: World Scientific
Population Explosion and Other Mathematical Puzzles is a wonderful addition to Dr Dick Hess's previous successful books, Mental Gymnastics: Recreational Mathematical Puzzles, Golf on the Moon, (Dover Publishing, 2011 and 2014 respectively) and Number-Crunching Math Puzzles (Puzzlewright, 2013), a republication of All-Star Mathlete Puzzles (Sterling Publishing, 2009). In this latest
Bicycle or Unicycle?: A Collection of Intriguing Mathematical Puzzles
Language: en
Pages: 286
Authors: Daniel J. Velleman, S. Wagon
Categories: Mathematics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-08-17 - Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.
Bicycle or Unicycle? is a collection of 105 mathematical puzzles whose defining characteristic is the surprise encountered in their solutions. Solvers will be surprised, even occasionally shocked, at those solutions. The problems unfold into levels of depth and generality very unusual in the types of problems seen in contests. In
The Second $textit {Scientific}$ $textit {American}$ Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions
Language: en
Pages: 254
Authors: Martin Gardner
Categories: Mathematics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-06 - Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.
Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games columns in Scientific American inspired and entertained several generations of mathematicians and scientists. Gardner in his crystal-clear prose illuminated corners of mathematics, especially recreational mathematics, that most people had no idea existed. His playful spirit and inquisitive nature invite the reader into an exploration of beautiful