Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles

Playing with mathematical riddles can be an intriguing and fun-filled pastime — as popular science writer Martin Gardner proves in this entertaining collection.

Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles

Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles

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.

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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
Intriguing Puzzles in Math and Logic
Language: en
Pages: 164
Authors: Stephen Barr
Categories: Games
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: Courier Corporation

Over 60 baffling brain benders: Two Glasses of Port, Wolf in Sheep's Compound, The Infinite Chessboard, Bughouse Binary, more. Answers.
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
Mathematical Recreations and Essays
Language: en
Pages: 428
Authors: Walter William Rouse Ball, Harold Scott Macdonald Coxeter
Categories: Games & Activities
Type: BOOK - Published: 1987-01-01 - Publisher: Courier Corporation

This classic work offers scores of stimulating, mind-expanding games and puzzles: arithmetical and geometrical problems, chessboard recreations, magic squares, map-coloring problems, cryptography and cryptanalysis, much more. "A must to add to your mathematics library" ? The Mathematics Teacher. Index. References for Further Study. Includes 150 black-and-white line illustrations.
The Master Book of Mathematical Recreations
Language: en
Pages: 448
Authors: Fred Schuh
Categories: Games & Activities
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-11 - Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

Praised for its "exceptionally good value" by the Journal of Recreational Mathematics, this book offers fun-filled insights into many fields of mathematics. The brainteasers include original puzzles as well as new approaches to classic conundrums. A vast assortment of challenges features domino puzzles, the game of noughts and crosses, games