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Making Maths and Logic Fun,
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I first purchased this book as a Pelican edition when I was teaching mathematics in high schools. It contains a lot of puzzles which are suitable for dishing out to pupils as a homework or as a time filler for the faster workers. The current version on offer here is like one of the cheaper American reprint house versions - the typography and illustrations appear to be inferior to the version that I originally had. I repurchased the book for personal entertainment and its entertainment value is just as great now as it was when I first purchased a copy over twenty years ago. I still give out the occasional puzzle to members of my tutor group and they are usually well received. The current book is a bargain. I'm sure that I paid something close to the current price for my original copy.
Puzzles range from number based ones e.g. Use the nine digits 1-9 and plus and minus signs to make a total of 100 through geometric puzzles i.e dividing shapes into equal amount using the minimum number of cuts through to logic based ones that appear to need some complex maths but can be solved by using common sense and simple arithmetic. It's not a book that will convert that maths averse but will draw in those whose interest can be kindled by the repackaging of maths into a puzzle format.
There's something for everyone in this book.
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2013 21:58:51 GMT
L. F. Scott says:
I'm considering buying this book for my beau, who's doing post-doc level research in logic. Do you think perhaps he'd get some entertainment out of it or would it be too simple for someone at his level?
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