The Colossal Book of Mathematics

Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems : Number Theory, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Topology, Game Theory, Infinity, and Other Topics of Recreational Mathematics
Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393020236
Category: Games & Activities
Page: 724
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The author presents a selection of pieces from his Scientific American "Mathematical Games" column, presenting puzzles and concepts that range from arithmetic and geometrical games to the meaning of M.C. Escher's artwork.

Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles


Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486252117
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 112
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Playing with mathematical riddles can be an intriguing and fun-filled pastime — as popular science writer Martin Gardner proves in this entertaining collection. Puzzlists need only an elementary knowledge of math and a will to resist looking up the answer before trying to solve a problem. Written in a light and witty style, Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles is a mixture of old and new riddles, grouped into sections that cover a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles, and more. The probability section, for example, points out that everything we do, everything that happens around us, obeys the laws of probability; geometry puzzles test our ability to think pictorially and often, in more than one dimension; while topology, among the "youngest and rowdiest branches of modern geometry," offers a glimpse into a strange dimension where properties remain unchanged, no matter how a figure is twisted, stretched, or compressed. Clear and concise comments at the beginning of each section explain the nature and importance of the math needed to solve each puzzle. A carefully explained solution follows each problem. In many cases, all that is needed to solve a puzzle is the ability to think logically and clearly, to be "on the alert for surprising, off-beat angles...that strange hidden factor that everyone else had overlooked." Fully illustrated, this engaging collection will appeal to parents and children, amateur mathematicians, scientists, and students alike, and may, as the author writes, make the reader "want to study the subject in earnest" and explains "some of the inviting paths that wind away from the problems into lusher areas of the mathematical jungle." 65 black-and-white illustrations.

Colossal Book of Wordplay


Author: Martin Gardner,Ken Jennings
Publisher: Puzzlewright
ISBN: 9781402765032
Category: Games
Page: 160
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A true pioneer in the field of recreational mathematics, Martin Gardner has been wrangling words for decades, and his latest opus is nothing short of extraordinary. From amazing anagrams and silly spoonerisms to alphamagic squares and cryptarithms, this mind-bending compendium is chock-full of whimsical forms of wordplay that are sure to have sesquipedalian scholars and limber-minded logophiles racking their brains in delight.

Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions

The First Scientific American Book of Puzzles and Games
Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226282541
Category: Mathematics
Page: 200
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Offers puzzles, games and problems featuring matrixes, probability, topology, card tricks, paradoxes, and logic

Makers of Mathematics


Author: Stuart Hollingdale
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486174506
Category: Mathematics
Page: 464
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Each chapter of this accessible portrait of the evolution of mathematics examines the work of an individual — Archimedes, Descartes, Newton, Einstein, others — to explore the mathematics of his era. 1989 edition.

The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener


Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312206828
Category: Philosophy
Page: 496
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A noted author defends his personal attitudes toward the fundamental issues of classical philosophy, discussing the awesome mystery surrounding science and life and explaining why he considers himself a theist

The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems

Combinatorics, Probability, Algebra, Geometry, Topology, Chess, Logic, Cryptarithms, Wordplay, Physics and Other Topics of Recreational Mathematics
Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780393061147
Category: Games & Activities
Page: 494
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The renowned provocateur of popular math presents a collection of his widely recognized short puzzles--along with a few new ones--that explore chess, physics, probability, and topology, among other topics.

Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi

Martin Gardner's First Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Games
Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521756154
Category: Mathematics
Page: 193
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This book of the earliest of Gardner's enormously popular Scientific American columns and puzzles continues to challenge and fascinate readers. Now the author, in consultation with experts, has added updates to all the chapters, including new game variations, mathematical proofs, and other developments and discoveries.

Wonders of Numbers

Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning
Author: Clifford A. Pickover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195348002
Category: Mathematics
Page: 417
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Who were the five strangest mathematicians in history? What are the ten most interesting numbers? Jam-packed with thought-provoking mathematical mysteries, puzzles, and games, Wonders of Numbers will enchant even the most left-brained of readers. Hosted by the quirky Dr. Googol--who resides on a remote island and occasionally collaborates with Clifford Pickover--Wonders of Numbers focuses on creativity and the delight of discovery. Here is a potpourri of common and unusual number theory problems of varying difficulty--each presented in brief chapters that convey to readers the essence of the problem rather than its extraneous history. Peppered throughout with illustrations that clarify the problems, Wonders of Numbers also includes fascinating "math gossip." How would we use numbers to communicate with aliens? Check out Chapter 30. Did you know that there is a Numerical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? You'll find it in Chapter 45. From the beautiful formula of India's most famous mathematician to the Leviathan number so big it makes a trillion look small, Dr. Googol's witty and straightforward approach to numbers will entice students, educators, and scientists alike to pick up a pencil and work a problem.

Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics


Author: Bonnie Averbach,Orin Chein
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486131742
Category: Mathematics
Page: 480
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Fascinating approach to mathematical teaching stresses use of recreational problems, puzzles, and games to teach critical thinking. Logic, number and graph theory, games of strategy, much more. Includes answers to selected problems. Free solutions manual available for download at the Dover website.

The Night Is Large

Collected Essays, 1938-1995
Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312169497
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 608
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An anthology of fifty-four essays representing nearly sixty years of work encompasses topics ranging from the mysteries of quantum physics to the question of the existence of God to the paradox of the significance of nothing

My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles


Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486320324
Category: Games & Activities
Page: 96
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The noted expert selects 70 of his favorite "short" puzzles, including such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, and dozens more involving logic and basic math. Solutions.

Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers


Author: Martin Gardner,Laszlo Kubinyi
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486256375
Category: Games
Page: 208
View: 7356
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Combines two previously published works, resulting in ninety-three brain-teasing puzzles, riddles, and questions with an emphasis on humor.

Aha! Aha! insight


Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780894540011
Category: Education
Page: 179
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Martin Gardner in the Twenty-First Century


Author: Michael Henle,Brian Hopkins
Publisher: MAA
ISBN: 0883859130
Category: Mathematics
Page: 308
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The legacy of Martin Gardner is celebrated in this broad collection of articles. Essential reading for all recreational mathematicians.

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science


Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486131629
Category: Science
Page: 384
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Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more.

Algorithmic Puzzles


Author: Anany Levitin,Maria Levitin
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0199740445
Category: Computers
Page: 257
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Algorithmic puzzles are puzzles involving well-defined procedures for solving problems. This book will provide an enjoyable and accessible introduction to algorithmic puzzles that will develop the reader's algorithmic thinking. The first part of this book is a tutorial on algorithm design strategies and analysis techniques. Algorithm design strategies — exhaustive search, backtracking, divide-and-conquer and a few others — are general approaches to designing step-by-step instructions for solving problems. Analysis techniques are methods for investigating such procedures to answer questions about the ultimate result of the procedure or how many steps are executed before the procedure stops. The discussion is an elementary level, with puzzle examples, and requires neither programming nor mathematics beyond a secondary school level. Thus, the tutorial provides a gentle and entertaining introduction to main ideas in high-level algorithmic problem solving. The second and main part of the book contains 150 puzzles, from centuries-old classics to newcomers often asked during job interviews at computing, engineering, and financial companies. The puzzles are divided into three groups by their difficulty levels. The first fifty puzzles in the Easier Puzzles section require only middle school mathematics. The sixty puzzle of average difficulty and forty harder puzzles require just high school mathematics plus a few topics such as binary numbers and simple recurrences, which are reviewed in the tutorial. All the puzzles are provided with hints, detailed solutions, and brief comments. The comments deal with the puzzle origins and design or analysis techniques used in the solution. The book should be of interest to puzzle lovers, students and teachers of algorithm courses, and persons expecting to be given puzzles during job interviews.

The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers


Author: David Wells
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140261493
Category: Mathematics
Page: 231
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Provides information on numbers and what makes particular ones noteworthy