The Moscow Puzzles

359 Mathematical Recreations

Author: Boris A. Kordemsky

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486801306

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 320

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This is, quite simply, the best and most popular puzzle book ever published in the Soviet Union. Since its first appearance in 1956 there have been eight editions as well as translations from the original Russian into Ukrainian, Estonian, Lettish, and Lithuanian. Almost a million copies of the Russian version alone have been sold. Part of the reason for the book's success is its marvelously varied assortment of brainteasers ranging from simple "catch" riddles to difficult problems (none, however, requiring advanced mathematics). Many of the puzzles will be new to Western readers, while some familiar problems have been clothed in new forms. Often the puzzles are presented in the form of charming stories that provide non-Russian readers with valuable insights into contemporary Russian life and customs. In addition, Martin Gardner, former editor of the Mathematical Games Department, Scientific American, has clarified and simplified the book to make it as easy as possible for an English-reading public to understand and enjoy. He has been careful, moreover, to retain nearly all the freshness, warmth, and humor of the original. Lavishly illustrated with over 400 clear diagrams and amusing sketches, this inexpensive edition of the first English translation will offer weeks or even months of stimulating entertainment. It belongs in the library of every puzzlist or lover of recreational mathematics.
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Paradoxes in Mathematics

Author: Stanley J. Farlow

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048649716X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 192

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Compiled by a prominent educator and author, this volume presents an intriguing mix of mathematical paradoxes — phenomena with surprising outcomes that can be resolved mathematically. Students and puzzle enthusiasts will get plenty of enjoyment mixed with a bit of painless mathematical instruction from 30 conundrums, including The Birthday Paradox, Aristotle's Magic Wheel, and A Greek Tragedy.
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The Book on Games of Chance

The 16th-Century Treatise on Probability

Author: Cardano, Gerolamo

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486797937

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 64

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Mathematics was only one area of interest for Gerolamo Cardano ― the sixteenth-century astrologer, philosopher, and physician was also a prolific author and inveterate gambler. Gambling led Cardano to the study of probability, and he was the first writer to recognize that random events are governed by mathematical laws. Published posthumously in 1663, Cardano's Liber de ludo aleae (Book on Games of Chance) is often considered the major starting point of the study of mathematical probability. The Italian scholar formulated some of the field's basic ideas more than a century before the better-known correspondence of Pascal and Fermat. Although his book had no direct influence on other early thinkers about probability, it remains an important antecedent to later expressions of the science's tenets.
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Figures for Fun

Stories, Puzzles and Conundrums

Author: I︠A︡kov Isidorovich Perelʹman,Yakov Perelman

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486795683

Category: Mathematics

Page: 144

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Originally published in English by: Moscow: Foreign Languages Pub. House, 1957.
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The Puzzle Instinct

The Meaning of Puzzles in Human Life

Author: Marcel Danesi

Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 269

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Publisher Fact Sheet Recalling Stephen Pinker's The Language Instinct, the author argues that humans are born with an "instinct for puzzles" that betrays a larger search for the meaning of life. This "instinct" has led to discoveries in mathematics and science, as well as revolutions in philosophical thought.
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Choice

A Classified Cumulation : Volumes 1-10, March 1964--February 1974

Author: Richard K. Gardner,Phyllis Grumm

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Best books

Page: N.A

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Yearbook

Author: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780873531627

Category: Mathematics

Page: N.A

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