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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.
King Arthur in Search of His Dog and Other Curious Puzzles by Raymond M. Smullyan This fanciful, original collection for readers of all ages features arithmetic puzzles, logic problems related to crime detection, and logic and arithmetic puzzles involving King Arthur and his Dogs of the Round Table.
Satan, Cantor and Infinity: Mind-Boggling Puzzles by Raymond M. Smullyan A renowned mathematician tells stories of knights and knaves in an entertaining look at the logical precepts behind infinity, probability, time, and change. Requires a strong background in mathematics. Complete solutions.
Alice in Puzzle-Land: A Carrollian Tale for Children Under Eighty by Raymond M. Smullyan, Martin Gardner, Greer Fitting Characters from Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass populate these 88 puzzles involving word play, logic and metalogic, and philosophical paradoxes. The charmingly illustrated challenges range from easy to difficult and include solutions.
The Pyrgic Puzzler: Classic Conundrums by Christopher Maslanka, Michael Harrington, Iris Murdoch Eighty mind-bending problems feature eccentric characters, delightfully surrealistic illustrations, and humorous situations. The author offers hints as well as solutions in a splendid tangle of storytelling that provides both chuckles and challenges.
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.
Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics by Bonnie Averbach, Orin Chein 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. 1980 edition.
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.
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.
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.
Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers by Martin Gardner Ninety-three riddles, mazes, illusions, tricky questions, word and picture puzzles, and other challenges offer hours of entertainment for youngsters. Richly illustrated with rib-tickling drawings by Laszlo Kubinyi. Includes solutions.
Symbolic Logic and the Game of Logic by Lewis Carroll Over 350 ingenious problems involving classical logic: logic expressed in symbols; syllogisms and the sorites diagrammed; logic as a game played with 2 diagrams and a set of counters.
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.
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.
Test Your Logic by George J. Summers Fifty logic puzzles range in difficulty from the simple to the more complex. Mostly set in story form, some problems involve establishing identities from clues, while others are based on cryptarithmetic.
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.
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.
The Canterbury Puzzles by H. E. Dudeney 110 ingenious puzzles, presented as incidents in connected stories, including 31 problems amusingly posed by pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Solutions included.
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.
Join the master sleuth as he and Dr. Watson examine interrupted chess matches at clubs and country homes, examining the pieces' current positions to identify previous moves. Rather than predicting the outcome of these games, the Baker Street duo focus on past events, using the same variety of logical reasoning that unlocks the secrets to their ever-popular mysteries. Holmes instructs Watson (and us) in the intricacies of retrograde analysis in order to deduce on which square the white queen was captured, whether a pawn has been promoted, and which piece has been replaced by a coin. The mysteries grow increasingly complex, culminating in a double murder perpetrated by the devious Professor Moriarty. Philosopher and logician Raymond Smullyan brilliantly recaptures the mood of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales. Readers need only a knowledge of how the pieces move; the first puzzles explain all of the concepts that arise later on. These witty and challenging problems will captivate chess aficionados, puzzle enthusiasts, Sherlock Holmes fans, and everyone who relishes mysteries, crime stories, and tales of detection.
Reprint of the Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1979 edition.
Raymond Smullyan (1919– ), mathematician, logician, magician, creator of extraordinary puzzles, philosopher, pianist, and man of many parts. The first Dover book by Raymond Smullyan was First-Order Logic (1995). Recent years have brought a number of his magical books of logic and math puzzles: The Lady or the Tiger (2009); Satan, Cantor and Infinity (2009); an original, never-before-published collection, King Arthur in Search of His Dog and Other Curious Puzzles (2010); and Set Theory and the Continuum Problem (with Melvin Fitting, also reprinted by Dover in 2010). More will be coming in subsequent years. In the Author's Own Words: "Recently, someone asked me if I believed in astrology. He seemed somewhat puzzled when I explained that the reason I don't is that I'm a Gemini."
"Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements: they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled 'wrong.'" — Raymond Smullyan Critical Acclaim for The Lady or the Tiger: "Another scintillating collection of brilliant problems and paradoxes by the most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived." — Martin Gardner
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