The noted expert and longtime author of Scientific American's Mathematical Games column selects 70 of his favorite "short" puzzles. Enthusiasts can challenge their skills with such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, Bronx vs. Brooklyn, and do... read more
The Greatest Puzzles of All Time by Matthew J. Costello Treasury of challenging brainteasers by Sam Loyd, Johnny Eck, Henry Dudeney, other masters. Stories behind puzzles, earliest riddles, birth of crossword puzzles, much more. Introduction. 146 illustrations.
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.
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.
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.
Foundations of Mathematical Logic by Haskell B. Curry Comprehensive graduate-level account of constructive theory of first-order predicate calculus covers formal methods: algorithms and epitheory, brief treatment of Markov's approach to algorithms, elementary facts about lattices, logical connectives, more. 1963 edition.
What Is Mathematical Logic? by J. N. Crossley, C.J. Ash, C.J. Brickhill, J.C. Stillwell A serious introductory treatment geared toward non-logicians, this survey traces the development of mathematical logic from ancient to modern times and discusses the work of Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Pauli, Heisenberg, Dirac, and others. 1972 edition.
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.
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.
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.
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. Complete solutions appear within the narrative of the text.
The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations by Boris A. Kordemsky Most popular Russian puzzle book ever published. Brainteasers range from simple "catch" riddles to difficult problems. Lavishly illustrated. First English translation. Introduction. Solutions.
Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles by Martin Gardner 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. 65 black-and-white illustrations.
Mathematics for the Nonmathematician by Morris Kline Erudite and entertaining overview follows development of mathematics from ancient Greeks to present. Topics include logic and mathematics, the fundamental concept, differential calculus, probability theory, much more. Exercises and problems.
The noted expert and longtime author of Scientific American's Mathematical Games column selects 70 of his favorite "short" puzzles. Enthusiasts can challenge their skills with such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, Bronx vs. Brooklyn, and dozens more involving logic and basic math. Complete solutions included.
Reprint of puzzles originally published in Scientific American and Games magazines.
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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