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The Little Book of Big Brain Games: 517 Ways to Stretch, Strengthen and Grow Your Brain [Paperback]

Ivan Moscovich
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Book Description

1 Mar 2011
It's a pocket-size brain gym. Now in a portable 4" x 6" format, here are more than 500 full-colour puzzles from the original Big Book of Brain Games. There are mental games, visual challenges, logic posers, riddles, and illusions. Each designed to stretch neurons and give the brain a workout-all in a format that will fit in your pocket. The puzzles (both original and mind- boggling adaptations of classics) are rated in difficulty from level one to ten, but even the easiest are guaranteed to make the solver feel smart. Can you cross the Impossible Domino Bridge? Break through the Queen's Standoff? Weild the Sickle of Archimedes?

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761161732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761161738
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 10.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good facts 1 Mar 2014
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Not as 'Big' as I thought the book would be, but contains a lot of interesting facts that make good light reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great mind games 11 Sep 2013
By annette
Big brain games book is great plenty of puzzles to keep ur mind ative. The book was like new very please with the quality of the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as present 24 Jan 2013
By Lynn
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Good compact little book, great for an idle brain. Ideal Xmas stocking gift! Arrived in good time & well wrapped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Collection 24 Jan 2011
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This is a very broad collection of puzzles, unified only by some mathematical interest. It's organized by general categories: geometry, numbers, probability, and so forth. With the categories, they are grouped by the mathematical princples that they embody.

Some of the puzzles are well-known classics, others are newer. A very few require calculus, but most do not. A few are solved simply by stating mathematical facts long established but not widely known outside of mathematical and math-using circles. One problem is a proof inscribed in a temple in Japan and there are a few word puzzles of the classical type.

There's something here for everyone, which means that nobody will find all of the problems rewarding. But it's a good collection, and most fans of math puzzles should find much to their tastes.

The book is small format but thick, a good size for fitting into a coat pocket. The pages are heavy, glossy paper, bound in small signatures, so it should withstand handling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Problems 27 Dec 2010
By C. Siler - Published on
My wife and I enjoy this book. It's great fun to [try to] solve the puzzles without writing anything down--just exercising the brain. Many of the puzzles are excellent reminders of how much fun "real world" math can be.

Each of the puzzles is rated for its difficulty which gives implicit feedback when considering the time it took to complete, as well as in deciding how much abstract thinking to apply in approaching a solution.

The answers/solutions given in the back provide additional feedback that is instructive (e.g. SPOILER: a simple probability question may indicate that many people consistently choose the wrong answer because of a smaller sample size, teaching that a one-in-ten chance is the same as ten one-in-one-hundred chances).

There are instances where certain assumptions or bounds could have been stated, but in these occasions, you can stretch your mind further by formulating multiple solutions for each assumption you can perceive--but keep in mind that the simplest scenario is usually the one used.

All-in-all, a wonderful book that helps enhance analytical thinking and puts a fun spin on math application.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and games for those long plane trips! 25 Nov 2011
By Akcloudwoman - Published on
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I bought this book to take on a long plane trip (I live in Alaska....all trips are long!). I loved it because there are a variety of puzzle types, so you can pick what suits you. They are short enough to be completed in a few minutes, like when waiting for boarding or disembarking from the plane. Yet there are enough to keep you busy for a long flight. Great alternative to magazines!
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LITTLE BOOK OF BIG BRAIN GAMES 13 Jun 2014
By Stevanne Auerbach - Published on
This is a GREAT book despite its handy smaller sized (based on the HUGE complete earlier edition. This book is PERFECT for all ages as it includes a very WIDE collection of puzzles and games that are stimulating to the BRAIN and help players think about different aspects of mathematics . It's organized by themes such as geometry, numbers, probability,and well organized around the THEMES.

Some puzzles and games are classics, others are newer. You may need to recall some earlier math to solve them. They are all challenging and fun to attempt to solve. There is something for everyone in this EXCELLENT, COLORFUL, AND STIMULATING collection.

SIZE IS PERFECT for travel anytime or to leave on your coffee table or desk to take a break, High quality paper. well illustrated its easy to use and enjoy. Great as a gift for anyone who likes to think.

Ivan Moscovich, the author, is a world expert in puzzles and game design. This book is a WINNER.
5.0 out of 5 stars A real puzzler - but fun 15 Jan 2014
By John C. Taylor - Published on
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This is a great book for exercising the little gray cells, as Hercule Poirot would put it. Good clean fun and various types of challenges, uh, puzzles!
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