Only an elementary knowledge of math is needed to enjoy this entertaining compilation of brain-teasers. It includes a mixture of old and new riddles covering a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles and more. Carefully explained s... read more
The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations by Boris A. Kordemsky Most popular Russian puzzle book ever published. Brain teasers range from simple "catch" riddles to difficult problems. Lavishly illustrated. First English translation. Introduction. Solutions.
My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles by Martin Gardner 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.
Leonardo's Mirror and Other Puzzles by Ivan Moscovich One of the world's top puzzle- and game-makers compiled this dazzling assortment of 86 mathematical challenges from ancient and modern sources. Includes colorful, engaging graphics and complete solutions.
The Monty Hall Problem and Other Puzzles by Ivan Moscovich Assembled by a prominent puzzle-maker, this intriguing full-color book's challenges range from riddles of ancient geometry to modern issues of traffic patterns and interstellar communications. Dynamic illustrations help define underlying mathematical concepts. Solutions.
Mental Gymnastics: Recreational Mathematics Puzzles by Dick Hess Suitable for dedicated puzzlists ages 12 and older, these challenges involve numbers, geometry, logic, and probability and include story puzzles and playful puzzles. More than 120 problems of varying difficulty, plus solutions.
Science Projects for Young People by George Barr More than 30 safe and entertaining experiments explain the scientific principles behind electricity and magnetism, light and color, water and air, sound and music, plants and animals, and much more.
The Red Book of Mathematical Problems by Kenneth S. Williams, Kenneth Hardy Handy compilation of 100 practice problems, hints, and solutions indispensable for students preparing for the William Lowell Putnam and other mathematical competitions. Preface to the First Edition. Sources. 1988 edition.
Mind-Boggling Word Puzzles by Martin Gardner, V.G. Myers A famous puzzlemeister presents 103 perplexing brainteasers, anagrams, and rebus and logic puzzles. There are clues — and humor — in the 69 whimsical illustrations, plus solutions for anyone who gets stumped.
Mental Magic: Surefire Tricks to Amaze Your Friends by Martin Gardner, Jeff Sinclair Professor Picanumba has dozens of surefire tricks up his sleeve — and he's willing to show junior mathemagicians how to predict the answers to 88 word and number challenges. Includes solutions and illustrations.
The Lady or the Tiger?: and Other Logic Puzzles by Raymond M. Smullyan Created by a renowned puzzle master, these whimsically themed challenges involve paradoxes about probability, time, and change; metapuzzles; and self-referentiality. Nineteen chapters advance in difficulty from relatively simple to highly complex. 1982 edition.
Professor Hoffmann's Best Math and Logic Puzzles by Louis Hoffmann These pleasantly perplexing highlights from the classic 1893 puzzle book abound in Victorian charm. They include both arithmetic problems and challenges involving words and letters. Complete solutions.
Book of Curious and Interesting Puzzles by David Wells This collection by a bestselling author consists of more than 560 puzzles from around the world and throughout history. "Of immense interest." — Mathematical Gazette. 382 illustrations.
Mathematics and the Imagination by Edward Kasner, James Newman With wit and clarity, the authors progress from simple arithmetic to calculus and non-Euclidean geometry. Their subjects: geometry, plane and fancy; puzzles that made mathematical history; tantalizing paradoxes; more. Includes 169 figures.
The Puzzling Adventures of Dr. Ecco by Dennis Shasha Join math detective in solving nearly 40 puzzles inspired by methods in computer science and mathematics. The Tower of Lego, Odd Doors Problem, Spies and Double Agents, many more. Solutions.
Rediscovered Lewis Carroll Puzzles by Lewis Carroll, Edward Wakeling Forty-two mathematical mind-benders: Castle Croquet, A Sticky but Polished Riddle, Who's Coming to Dinner?, A New Way to Pay Old Debts, Feeding the Cat, and more. Solutions.
Lewis Carroll's Games and Puzzles by Lewis Carroll, Edward Wakeling Forty-two perplexing puzzles by creator of Alice in Wonderland: Cakes in a Row, Looking-Glass Time, Arithmetical Croquet, Diverse Doublets, and others. Hints, solutions. Illustrations by John Tenniel.
Your Move: Logic, Math and Word Puzzles for Enthusiasts by David L. Silverman Treasury of 100 board, map and word games, variations of chess and checker games, "life games," many more. Solutions for 80 included; 20 unsolved puzzles will challenge serious gamester. 115 illustrations.
101 Puzzles in Thought and Logic by C. R. Wylie, Jr. Solve murder problems and robberies, see which fishermen are liars and how a blind man can identify color — purely by reasoning! Hours of mind-strengthening entertainment.
How to Calculate Quickly: Full Course in Speed Arithmetic by Henry Sticker Many useful procedures explained and taught: 2-column addition, left-to-right subtraction, mental division of large numbers, more. Also numerous helpful shortcuts. More than 8,000 problems, with solutions. 1945 edition.
Mathematical Fun, Games and Puzzles by Jack Frohlichstein This collection of puzzles and games introduces the basic ideas and operations of arithmetic. It presents 418 problems and 120 illustrations covering a wide range of topics: averages, fractions, decimals, percentages, more.
Only an elementary knowledge of math is needed to enjoy this entertaining compilation of brain-teasers. It includes a mixture of old and new riddles covering a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles and more. Carefully explained solutions follow each problem. 65 black-and-white illustrations.
The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005.
To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which — despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution — continues to be operative today. In the Author's Own Words: "Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs."
"A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" — Martin Gardner
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