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on 30 January 2015
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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on 15 July 2012
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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on 20 July 2017
The item arrived quicker than expected. I really impressed by the purchase.
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