Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd Paperback – 2 Jan 2000
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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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Here we have 2 of the 3 or 4 absolute giants of the matter (put Raymond Smullyan in). Their father of them all : Sam LOYD, and, and one of the modern poetical leaders: Martin GARDNER for the selection and the edition.
This compilation of the best Classical Puzzles imagined by Sam LOYD has been published several times before, and each publication brings up the same sentiment, the one you have when you meet back a good old friend. That's what happens when you fall in love with a book, and develop sweet warm memories with it.
The format is 1 puzzle by page, presented each and every time by a smart story and illustrated by the drawing of the original edition, a very beautiful vintage look. I love it.
There are some 200 puzzles divided into 2 volumes, they range from somehow easy to really difficult, and some of them require some basic knowledge in algebra and/or geometry, just the basics, and not all of them.
This edition is a simple paperback pocket size, nothing fancy about it, in my opinion any paperback binding doesn't do justice to this book anyway, but it's the only one available I think.
Me? I bought it again!
The puzzle categories are also quite wide from tangram to chess problems.
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