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Aha! Insight Paperback – June, 1978

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: W H Freeman & Co (Sd) (June 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071671017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716710172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

For 25 of his 95 years, Martin Gardner wrote 'Mathematical Games and Recreations', a monthly column for Scientific American magazine. These columns have inspired hundreds of thousands of readers to delve more deeply into the large world of mathematics. He has also made significant contributions to magic, philosophy, debunking pseudoscience, and children's literature. He has produced more than 60 books, including many best sellers, most of which are still in print. His Annotated Alice has sold more than a million copies. He continues to write a regular column for the Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

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Format: Paperback
This book gave me a lot to think about when I was young, and of all the books with math and logic puzzles I enjoyed, this was one of the best. Gardner has a way of turning problems into challenges, making the solving of them fun, and he also provides interesting explanations of problems with simplicity and clarity. For children, this book is an opportunity to explore math as something other than repetitive calculations or irrelevant word problems from bad textbooks. Adults too can use this book to hone their problem solving skills.
The difficulty of aha! insights is the lack of technique in coming to such an insight. It's a spontaneous reaction, something sudden and unexpected when you discover a simple solution. These problems do not teach you how to have these insights, but allows for practice in order that they may become more frequent. But the point is: it's recreational math... Enjoy it for the sake of enjoyment.
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This book is about tough problems with easy answers -- easy, that is, once seen in the right way. Illustrated with cartoons and full of humor, it is readily enjoyable by many people who wouldn't normally touch a book on recreational mathematics. We have given at least a dozen copies as gifts.
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This book does a wonderful job of encouraging problem solving and critical thinking techniques. What I like most about it, though, is how it is able to present all of its problems at a high level, in an entertaining context, so as not to discourage those who might be scared or frustrated by math and other such topics.
Each problem, for the most part, has cute comics to illustrate it, as well as a plain-english explanation of how to approach finding a solution and the solution itself. Many of the problems are restricted forms of actual unsolved, or at least highly-researched, mathematical/computer science problems; the book does a excellent job of keeping that aspect separate from the problem and solution itself (how the problem is studied in the "real world" is usually mentioned in the text as an, "Oh, by the way, did you know that...")
In addition to the author's wonderful presentation, I think the subject matter is what emphasizes this book's importance. Problem solving, critical thinking, and finding elegant simple solutions seems to me to be underemphasized in quite a few disciplines, and this book can offer good practice in all those important areas. Even if you don't ever deal with problems which require critical thinking, the book is still an interesting read because it makes you say, "Why didn't I think of that?" -- and then by half way through the book, you DO start to think of "that."
The only negative thing I would say is that a few of the problems in the book are presented without solutions, which can frustrate some people (namely, myself :) ) Also, a few problems are underspecified, yielding to answers which depend on the interpretation -- then again, that's part of what problem solving is about, I guess.
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By A Customer on November 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Any of Martin Gardner's book is very good and this and the other Aha (paradox) book are the two pearls in recreational mathematics. Many of the topics he tackles have a deep bearing in serious mathematics. These two Aha books can be the starting point for mathematical thinking.
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By A Customer on May 9, 2000
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This book is great! If you love brainteasers and logic puzzles, this is the book for you. Each problem is introduced in comic format, with funny characters and simple but clever drawings. I've had this book since childhood, and I think that it really fostered a love for riddles and brainteasers in me. But this book is not just for kids---it makes a great gift to people of all ages.
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Format: Paperback
A fun book which teaches logic thru brainteasers. The best of its kind
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By A Customer on December 1, 1998
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This book is not only fun but it make the reader to know something they've never known,some techniques and math skill.
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By Alex Tolley on September 23, 2009
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This is one awesome gem of a book by Gardner. It is a deceptively simple approach to showing how mathematical insights can solve apparently complex problems.

Each problem set is introduced with cartoons and accompanying text. The answers are given and further explorations are proposed.

The problems cover a range of mathematical topics and are more or less approachable by almost anyone with a high school education.

Amazingly I am writing a review in 2009 whilst this book was published in 1978, over 30 years ago. Quality really does stand the test of time.
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