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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (28 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486409171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486409177
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
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This book is the heavyweight champion of problems in recreational mathematics, containing a large number of very detailed problems in many areas. The presentation strategy is to develop the topic by using problems followed by an explanation followed by a detailed solution. The style is largely that of a textbook, which in fact is what it is designed to be. The authors developed the material as the main text for a course they teach in applied problem solving.
The chapters are largely independent, so it is possible to pick and chose the topics for a course. Do not let the word recreational in the title lead you to believe that these problems are bunnies. I am a co-editor of Journal of Recreational Mathematics and I found myself thinking long and hard about some of these problems. Granted, many are straightforward, but there are enough of the head-scratching variety to satisfy every taste. The general topics are logic, basic number theory, graph theory and games, with a few other topics interspersed.
With hundreds of problems, detailed solutions to the demonstrations and hints for most included, this is a resource unlike all others. If you teach a course in mathematical problem solving or beginning computer programming, you cannot help finding a problem in here that you can use to illustrate a topic or as a test question. I have already used a couple as the seeds for some programming exercises. Better yet, consider it as a textbook for your course in mathematical problem solving.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.
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I bought this book on chance - the title inspired me - and what a surprise within the 450 or so pages absolutely packed with gems.
Chapters include:
*From words to equations (algebraic recreations)
*Solve it with integers (number theory)
* numbers, bases and cryptarithmetic (sic)
*solve it with networks (graph theory)
*games of strategy for 2 players
*solitaire games and puzzles.
The authors' enthusiasm spills through on every page although I prefer to dip in on a random basis.
I hope the publishers, Dover, re-issue this excellent book
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2.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books; rating is for the quality of the print which is terrible (Dover Books) 11 Mar. 2014
By ksshopper - Published on Amazon.com
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I own a hard copy of this book which I really like a lot. I bought many copies as gifts to a new generation of math-loving family members. This copy published by Dover Books is the worst: tiny font, cheap dark paper. Cheaply published.

I don't remember how much I used to pay previously for a better quality paperback book of this same book. I really do not mind pay a bit more for better paper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious stuff from an entertaining point of view 27 Feb. 2012
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This book is unusual in that it contains some pretty serious content, particularly in the areas of discrete mathematics that are of practical importance in computer science and economics. In addition to the many problems, there is a good deal of instructive material, even including some proofs of theorems (I did say "serious" content!), all the while remaining eminently entertaining and accessible. Whether you are a kid who is interested in math, or are a technical professional preparing for a job interview, this book will serve you well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of problems well explained 5 Sept. 2014
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This book does a great job of presenting a variety of mathematical concepts in an engaging way. It could be enjoyed by mathematically inclined readers who would appreciate the mathematical basis of the problems, or by anybody who enjoys good problems or puzzles, regardless of whether or not they are mathematically inclined. I read this on my Kindle and it is very challenging to navigate back and forth between the problems and the solutions. Nevertheless, still a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and educational book 6 July 2010
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I picked it up this book as I was looking for a fun way to refresh my math skills. I like the way this book written and organized. Also the problems in this books range from easy to very difficult and most of the are very interesting. Not all exercises have their solutions in the book. Some problems have full solutions in the back. Others have only hints and sometimes hints + the final answer. While other problems have the final answer only. Overall the book is very useful.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... classic that any math student or puzzle aficionado would enjoy. 3 Aug. 2016
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A real classic that any math student or puzzle aficionado would enjoy.
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