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Brain Busters! Mind-Stretching Puzzles in Math and Logic (Dover Recreational Math) Paperback – September 6, 2003
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As Mr. Clarke notes in the introduction, his reasons for this puzzle compilation included the pure enjoyment of creating logical and mathematical art. Fortunately for us, Barry's creations serve not only the role of entertainment, but also more importantly the role of instruction, as he leads us down different paths of twisting logic, with excellent scenery along the way. If you view mathematics as a form of poetry, you will certainly enjoy this opportunity to learn from a mathematical wizard. Brain Busters! is indeed a "mind-stretching" experience, one that allows you to see the way Barry's imagination is captured in a distinctly unique manner in each of his puzzles. His mathematical imagination is the communality that runs through each puzzle, but at the same time it is his creative touch that serves as the specificity, giving great variation to this excellent and enjoyable work.
(Angela Newing has written for The Daily Telegraph, UK)
Brain Busters, like Barry's other books, demonstrates his wonderful ability to create funny offbeat puzzles as only he can. Besides the imaginatively written puzzles, I really enjoyed his charming cartoons that accompany many of them. My favourite one is of a sorcerer who has just turned the furious Count Lettuce into a little furry creature.
As well as math and logic problems, the book also contains some very tricky crosswords, short puzzle stories and fun lateral-type puzzles using matchsticks. In fact, there is something to suit every taste. So, if you like puzzles, you'll absolutely love this book. I did!
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Non-blustery version: It's okay but nothing particularly special or memorable. Good for filling a rainy day at home, but there are better puzzle books for your money. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Minzoku Bokumetsu
The delivery time was great. The description could have been more specific - I was looking for logic puzzles of a certain type and could not tell if this book had the right type of... Read morePublished on January 7, 2008 by Cherie Connick
I am a seasoned veteran of logic puzzels, lateral thinking problems, math problems, and spatial reasoning puzzles.
These are not logic puzzles. Read more