Can You Solve My Problems

Author: Alex Bellos
Publisher: The Experiment
ISBN: 1615193952
Format: PDF, ePub
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Puzzle lovers, rejoice! Bestselling math writer Alex Bellos has a challenge for you: 125 of the world’s best brainteasers from the last two millennia. Armed with logic alone, you’ll detect counterfeit coins, navigate river crossings, and untangle family trees. Then—with just a dash of high school math—you’ll tie a rope around the Earth, match wits with a cryptic wizard, and use four 4s to create every number from 1 to 50. (It can be done!) The ultimate casebook for daring puzzlers, Can You Solve My Problems? also tells the story of the puzzle—from ancient China to Victorian England to modern-day Japan. Grab your pencil and get puzzling!

Can You Solve My Problems

Author: Alex Bellos
Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing
ISBN: 9781783351152
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Are you smarter than a Singaporean ten-year-old? Can you beat Sherlock Holmes? If you think the answer is yes - I challenge you to solve my problems. Here are 125 of the world's best brainteasers from the last two millennia, taking us from ancient China to medieval Europe, Victorian England to modern-day Japan, with stories of espionage, mathematical breakthroughs and puzzling rivalries along the way. Pit your wits against logic puzzles and kinship riddles, pangrams and river-crossing conundrums. Some solutions rely on a touch of cunning, others call for creativity, others need mercilessly logical thought. Some can only be solved be 2 per cent of the population. All are guaranteed to sharpen your mind. Let's get puzzling!

My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles

Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486281523
Format: PDF, Docs
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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.

The Grapes of Math

Author: Alex Bellos
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451640129
Format: PDF, Mobi
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From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world’s favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop. Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in.

Puzzle Ninja

Author: Alex Bellos
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452171050
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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In his travels to Japan, author Alex Bellos set out to uncover the world's brightest puzzle inventors, puzzle masters, and origami experts so he could bring a new batch of logic puzzles for anyone hankering for something beyond Sudoku. In Puzzle Ninja he presents more than 200 puzzles to solve—rated easy to excruciating—including 20 new types of original, hand-crafted puzzles, like Shakashaka and Marupeke. With clear instructions, helpful tips, and anecdotes about the puzzles and their creators, this is an entertaining read and an exciting collection of the newest, best, and most addictive Japanese logic puzzles.

Here s Looking at Euclid

Author: Alex Bellos
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416596348
Format: PDF
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Too often math gets a bad rap, characterized as dry and difficult. But, Alex Bellos says, "math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative. Mathematical thought is one of the great achievements of the human race, and arguably the foundation of all human progress. The world of mathematics is a remarkable place." Bellos has traveled all around the globe and has plunged into history to uncover fascinating stories of mathematical achievement, from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of the Zen master of origami, one of the hottest areas of mathematical work today. Taking us into the wilds of the Amazon, he tells the story of a tribe there who can count only to five and reports on the latest findings about the math instinct—including the revelation that ants can actually count how many steps they’ve taken. Journeying to the Bay of Bengal, he interviews a Hindu sage about the brilliant mathematical insights of the Buddha, while in Japan he visits the godfather of Sudoku and introduces the brainteasing delights of mathematical games. Exploring the mysteries of randomness, he explains why it is impossible for our iPods to truly randomly select songs. In probing the many intrigues of that most beloved of numbers, pi, he visits with two brothers so obsessed with the elusive number that they built a supercomputer in their Manhattan apartment to study it. Throughout, the journey is enhanced with a wealth of intriguing illustrations, such as of the clever puzzles known as tangrams and the crochet creation of an American math professor who suddenly realized one day that she could knit a representation of higher dimensional space that no one had been able to visualize. Whether writing about how algebra solved Swedish traffic problems, visiting the Mental Calculation World Cup to disclose the secrets of lightning calculation, or exploring the links between pineapples and beautiful teeth, Bellos is a wonderfully engaging guide who never fails to delight even as he edifies. Here’s Looking at Euclid is a rare gem that brings the beauty of math to life.

The Master Book of Mathematical Recreations

Author: Fred Schuh
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486808955
Format: PDF, ePub
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Praised for its "exceptionally good value" by the Journal of Recreational Mathematics, this book offers fun-filled insights into many fields of mathematics. The brainteasers include original puzzles as well as new approaches to classic conundrums. A vast assortment of challenges features domino puzzles, the game of noughts and crosses, games of encirclement, sliding movement puzzles, subtraction games, puzzles in mechanics, games with piles of matches, a road puzzle with concentric circles, "Catch the Giant," and much more. Detailed solutions show several methods by which a particular problem may be answered, why one method is preferable, and where the others fail. With numerous worked examples, the clear, step-by-step analyses cover how the problem should be approached, including hints and enumeration of possibilities and determination of probabilities, application of the theory of probability, and evaluation of contingencies and mean values. Readers are certain to improve their puzzle-solving strategies as well as their mathematical skills.

Original Area Mazes

Author: Naoki Inaba
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781472141811
Format: PDF, Mobi
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'NAOKI INABA HAS INVENTED THE PERFECT PUZZLE. ENJOY!' Alex Bellos 'Awesome puzzles! My students and I love them!' Ellen Hansen 'I use these as warm-ups with 3rd and 4th grade Gifted and Talented students. They love solving these puzzles!' L. Bowe 'Loved these' Elizabeth Shapiro 'An excellent book of short puzzles' Once you pit your wits against area mazes, you'll be hooked! From the genius mind of Naoki Inaba - one of the world's most prolific and creative inventors of logic puzzles - comes a brand-new type of challenge. Area mazes have already taken Japan by storm and are set to be the next big puzzle craze. Your quest is to navigate a network of rectangles to find a missing value. The rules are simple, the puzzles are easy and the logic is clever. Just remember: - Area = length x width - Use spatial reasoning to find helpful relationships - Whole numbers are all you need. You can always get the answer without using fractions Originally invented for gifted students, area mazes (menseki meiro) are the perfect puzzle for brain game fanatics. Whether you loved or hated geometry at school, with this book you can finally show it who's boss. Feed your brain some areas mazes - they could be just what you're craving.

Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics

Author: Bonnie Averbach
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486131742
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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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.

Professor Povey s Perplexing Problems

Author: Thomas Povey
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780747756
Format: PDF, Mobi
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InProfessor Povey's Perplexing Problems, Thomas Povey shares 109 of his favorite problems in physics and maths. A tour de force of imagination and exposition, he guides us through uncompromisingly challenging territory that expands our minds and encourages a playful and exploratory approach to study. "The puzzles," he says, "are like toys. We should pick up the one we most enjoy, and play with it." Whether you are an aspiring scientist or an old-hand, pitting yourself against these problems will test your ability to think, and inspire you with curiosity and enthusiasm for physics. Presented with charm and wit, the questions span the gap between high-school and university-entrance standard material. Detailed answers are lightened with a fascinating and refreshing blend of scientific history, application and personal anecdote. On this delightful and idiosyncratic romp through pre-university maths and physics, the author shows us that behind every single one of these questions lies a new way of thinking about subjects we thought we had understood. He argues that engaging with the unfamiliar is key to forming deeper insights and developing intellectual independence.Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems is a manifesto that science should be playful, and a celebration of the curious.