The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486482014
Format: PDF, ePub
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Join Holmes and Watson as they examine interrupted games to deduce prior moves. A series of increasingly complex chess mysteries culminates in a double murder perpetrated by Professor Moriarty. The master sleuth instructs his companion (and us) in the intricacies of retrograde analysis; readers need only a knowledge of how the pieces move.

King Arthur in Search of His Dog and Other Curious Puzzles

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486474356
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

Alice in Puzzle land

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486482006
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Characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass populate these 88 intriguing puzzles. Mathematician Raymond Smullyan re-creates the spirit of Lewis Carroll's writings in puzzles involving word play, logic and metalogic, and philosophical paradoxes. Challenges range from easy to difficult and include solutions, plus 60 charming illustrations. "An ingenious book." — Boston Globe.

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Chess

Author: Jon Edwards
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470121320
Format: PDF, ePub
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Chess is a mental game, but you don't have to strain your brain to learn the basics—not with this guide that shows you how to play. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Chess covers how to set up the board, how each piece moves, opening strategies and variations, attacking themes and common sacrifices, and more. Photos of the board let you see strategies in action. For hands-on practice, you can even set up your board and make your moves as you learn. With this book and practice, you'll be saying "Checkmate" in no time. Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review Each move or tactic is clearly explained Explanations accompany each photo Color photos and diagrams show key positions, strategies, and moves Helpful tips provide additional guidance

Satan Cantor And Infinity And Other Mind bogglin

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307819825
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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More than two hundred new and challenging logic puzzles—the simplest brainteaser to the most complex paradoxes in contemporary mathematical thinking—from our topmost puzzlemaster (“the most entertaining logician who ever lived,” Martin Gardner has called him). Our guide to the puzzles is the Sorcerer, who resides on the Island of Knights and Knaves, where knights always tell the truth and knaves always lie, and he introduces us to the amazing magic—logic—that enables to discover which inhabitants are which. Then, in a picaresque adventure in logic, he takes us to the planet Og, to the Island of Partial Silence, and to a land where metallic robots wearing strings of capital letters are noisily duplicating and dismantling themselves and others. The reader’s job is to figure out how it all works. Finally, we accompany the Sorcerer on an alluring tour of Infinity which includes George Cantor’s amazing mathematical insights. The tour (and the book) ends with Satan devising a diabolical puzzle for one of Cantor’s prize students—who outwits him! In sum: a devilish magician’s cornucopia of puzzles—a delight for every age and level of ability.

The G delian Puzzle Book

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486315770
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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These logic puzzles provide entertaining variations on Gödel's incompleteness theorems, offering ingenious challenges related to infinity, truth and provability, undecidability, and other concepts. No background in formal logic necessary.

The Lady Or the Tiger

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 048647027X
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"Another scintillating collection of brilliant problems and paradoxes by the most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived." — Martin Gardner. Inspired by the classic tale of a prisoner's dilemma, 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.

Mathematical Brain Benders

Author: Stephen Barr
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486242609
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Challenge yourself with over 100 fresh paradoxes, puzzles, riddles, conundrums, word and number games for the jaded, skeptical puzzlist. Over 100 pages of comprehensive answers. Approximately 300 illustrations. "Excellent collection of unusual, offbeat, and completely original puzzles." ? Scientific American.

The Tao Is Silent

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062281410
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Tao Is Silent Is Raymond Smullyan's beguiling and whimsical guide to the meaning and value of eastern philosophy to westerners. "To me," Writes Smullyan, "Taoism means a state of inner serenity combined with an intense aesthetic awareness. Neither alone is adequate; a purely passive serenity is kind of dull, and an anxiety-ridden awareness is not very appealing." This is more than a book on Chinese philosophy. It is a series of ideas inspired by Taoism that treats a wide variety of subjects about life in general. Smullyan sees the Taoist as "one who is not so much in search of something he hasn't, but who is enjoying what he has." Readers will be charmed and inspired by this witty, sophisticated, yet deeply religious author, whether he is discussing gardening, dogs, the art of napping, or computers who dream that they're human.

Games and Fun with Playing Cards

Author: Joseph Leeming
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486239772
Format: PDF, Docs
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Here's a collection of 124 games, tricks, puzzles and stunts with cards that will provide hours of entertainment for all ages. 20 varieties of solitaire, old stand-bys — Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Old Maid — and lesser known games — Authors, Frogs in the Pond, Persian Pasha — and much more.