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Takes some effort, but well worth it.
on 24 May 2010
Math Hysteria, and its follow-up How to Cut a Cake, are great books if you are interested in recreational mathematics and are not a mathematician but have a decent background in mathematics. The books has fewer topics than Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, but they are discussed much more deeply. They are also not so well known, but they are certainly highly interesting. For example, the first chapter is on statements that initially seem to contain no information at all, but, once you take into account what other people involved know, allow one to deduce everything that there is to know. Moreover, there are two chapters on the game Monopoly, a chapter on how to cut up a figure and to use the pieces to form a different shape, a chapter on sums of squares that form a square, a chapter on how to light with a candle a room with mirrors, and many others. If you want to know more of the topics in the book, it even has a list of references for further reading.