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Adventures in Group Theory: Rubik's Cube, Merlin's Machine, and Other Mathematical Toys Paperback – 6 Jun 2002


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"Adventures in Group Theory is a tour through the algebra of several 'permutation puzzles'... If you like puzzles, this is a somewhat fun book. If you like algebra, this is a fun book. If you like puzzles and algebra, this is a really fun book." -- Donald L. Vestal



"Joyner has collated all the Rubik lore and integrated it with a self-contained introduction to group theory that equals or, more likely, exceeds what is available in typical dedicated elementary texts." -- Choice



"The book begins with some lecture notes of discrete mathematics and group theory. These theoretical notions are very nicely applied to some practical problems, e.g.: Rubik's cube, Rubik-like puzzle groups, crossing the rubicon, God's algorithm and graphs. The work ends with a rich bibliography and index." -- Cristinel Mortici, Zentralblatt Math



"Joyner does convey some of the excitement and adventure in picking up knowledge of group theory by trying to understand Rubik's Cube. Enthusiastic students will learn a lot of mathematics from this book." -- David Singmaster, American Scientist



"This is an excellent book that can be used to either refresh your understanding of group theory or teach it to advanced undergraduates. The objects being manipulated are easy to understand, sometimes easy to build or acquire and the explanations are easy to follow. They are also different from those found in the standard group theory text." -- Charles Ashbacher



"This is a book on group theory that lives outside the usual rather dry regime of typical mathematics texts. In setting the book squarely among these puzzles, the underlying mathematics comes alive in quite spectacular fashion. The author achieves this goal admirably here. The text is well organized and written in an interesting and very readable manner." -- Ian W. Knowles, University of Alabama, Birmingham

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"This is an excellent book that can be used to either refresh your understanding of group theory or teach it to advanced undergraduates. The objects being manipulated are easy to understand, sometimes easy to build or acquire and the explanations are easy to follow. They are also different from those found in the standard group theory text." -- Charles Ashbacher

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93b3a768) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x9050d8f4) out of 5 stars Riddled with errors, but --- 1 Jun. 2003
By Bobby R. Treat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have never seen so many typos, omissions, and errors in a published book. Many of the examples are poorly introduced, theorems are mentioned that don't exist in the book, etc. Other than Rubik's cube, most of the other puzzles are presented in a completely incomprehensible manner. It's very annoying, in a book that's otherwise just what I want. It does give a good quick and dirty intro to the group theory needed, however.
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HASH(0x917a1f54) out of 5 stars Why bother fixing typos? 18 Mar. 2006
By Cranky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was thinking of buying this book, but when I read that it is riddled with typos, I declined. Perhaps publishers will get the message that not doing proper editing results in lost sales.
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