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Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles (Dover Recreational Math) Paperback – 20 Jul 1987

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New ed edition (20 July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486252116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486252117
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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About the Author

Martin Gardner was a renowned author who published over 70 books on subjects from science and math to poetry and religion. He also had a lifelong passion for magic tricks and puzzles. Well known for his mathematical games column in Scientific American and his "Trick of the Month" in Physics Teacher magazine, Gardner attracted a loyal following with his intelligence, wit, and imagination. Martin Gardner: A Remembrance The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005. To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which ― despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution ― continues to be operative today. In the Author's Own Words: "Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs." "A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" ― Martin Gardner


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Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles (Math & Logic Puzzles)An excellent little book for my 10 year old grandson. An excellent introduction for children to the world of mathematics which is not just arithmetic but logic as applied to the real world.
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This is a very nice book. It has very clear solutions and a variety of problems. Unfortunately the money problems are using the american system but if you can find this book for a few pounds the rest of the problems are worth while.
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It doesn't have many puzzles in it but the ones it does have are mostly interesting. I am a Maths teacher and i have used this book in some of my lessons. Recommended
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I initially bought the book for my 10 year old son but I ended up keeping it for myself enjoyed it a lot. Also good for reference purposes
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Great fun puzzles for kids finding their way in mathematics, giving them fun and joy in, what can be, a very dry and terse subject.
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I've always been a big fan of Gardner's work, and this one is replacing a tatty copy. Great.
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The person who I gave this to has had fun working out the brain teasers and even shared some of them with me. Very good for keeping brain challenged.
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lots to keep your brain working
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