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.

Mathematical Brain Benders

Author: Stephen Barr
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486242609
Format: PDF, ePub
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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 Book on Games of Chance

Author: Cardano, Gerolamo
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486797937
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

Foolproof Card Tricks for the Amateur Magician

Author: Karl Fulves
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486472701
Format: PDF
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Master the art of illusion with this collection of 183 easy-to-learn card tricks, accompanied by 197 illustrations. Drawn from two popular books by the bestselling magician, it's perfect for amateurs — and professionals who want to increase their repertoire. Mystify friends with everything from shuffle setups to card telepathy, using coins, telephones, and other props.

String Figures and how to Make Them

Author: Caroline F. Jayne
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 048620152X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Diagrams and text illustrate the steps involved in creating over one hundred string figures while providing information on their origin and cultural background

The Canterbury Puzzles

Author: H. E. Dudeney
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486425584
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This book includes 110 puzzles, not as individual problems but as incidents in connected stories. The first 31 are amusingly posed by pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Additional puzzles are presented using different characters. Many require only the ability to exercise logical or visual skills; others offer a stimulating challenge to the mathematically advanced.

Die Simpsons und die Philosophie

Author: William Irwin
Publisher: Tropen
ISBN: 3608100512
Format: PDF, Docs
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»Wer sich jetzt noch einmal daran erinnern möchte, warum diese Serie zum Brillantesten gehört, was die nicht so reiche Weltkultur der vergangenen Jahrzehnte hervorgebracht hat, sollte ›Die Simpsons und die Philosophie‹ lesen.« Daniel Kehlmann, Cicero Seit über zwanzig Jahren gilt »Die Simpsons« als beste und beliebteste Fernsehserie der Welt. Der Erfolg zeigt, dass die Simpsons mehr sind, als nur irgendeine Familie. An Marges Küchentisch und in den Straßen von Springfield treten die Grundfragen der Menschheit off en zu Tage. In elf brillanten und komischen Essays denken elf Philosophen über »Die Simpsons« und die Philosophie nach.

Schach f r Dummies

Author: James Eade
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527692010
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Schach besteht aus mehr als den einfachen Regeln, wie eine Figur ziehen darf. Es ist von Taktik, Finten, Phantasie und Strategien geprägt. Um dieses Spiel, das manche als Kunst, andere als Wissenschaft sehen, ranken sich Mythen und es erschuf seine eigenen Helden. Der Autor James Eade bedient die ganze Bandbreite an Bedürfnissen, die ein Anfänger hat. Neben den Grundregeln erhält der Leser eine Anleitung zur erfolgreichen Gestaltung der verschiedenen Spielphasen: der Eröffnung, des Mittel- und Endspiels. Computer- und Turnierschach kommen auch nicht zu kurz. Die Magie des Spiels zeigt er anhand der legendärsten Partien und berühmtesten Spieler auf. Alles in allem das Rundum-Wohlfühl-Paket für Schachanfänger.