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Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles Paperback – October 1, 1986
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About the Author
Martin Gardner: A Remembrance
The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005.
To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which — despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution — continues to be operative today.
In the Author's Own Words:
"Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs."
"A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" — Martin Gardner
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Top Customer Reviews
Clear and concise comments at the beginning of each section explain the nature and importance of the math needed to solve each puzzle. A carefully explained solution follows each problem. In many cases, all that is needed to solve a problem is the ability to think logically and clearly, to be on the alert for surprising angles or hidden factors.
Here is an example of what you can find inside this book:
"If three cats catch three rats in three minutes, how many cats will catch 100 rats in 100 minutes?"
If you like more challenging pure mathematical teasers and puzzles, you may want to try "Challenging mathematical teasers" by J. A. H. Hunter.
The formatting is strange--it's an older book which is probably part of it. The answers are right next to the puzzles so it's hard not to see the answer before working the puzzle. I would much rather have answers at the end--or at least have a page break between the problems and answers.
Paul Raff (Northwestern_Wildcat@ibm.net
Martin Gardner's witty writing style makes this book a pleasant pathway to the realms of logic. Neat and concise with its stories and challenges throughout and with solutions at the very end, the book is a very ideal read, especially if you are a passenger with a very long trip ahead and who needs good quality entertainment that is also educational.
However, if you have already read other Martin Gardner's book or mathematical puzzle books, I do not recommend this book. These puzzles are very common and easy kind of ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this for my boyfriend and I at his request after he heard about Martin Gardner on a radio show. Turned out to be big fun for my dad and my young nephews as well. 3 generations! Read morePublished 17 days ago by nic
I'm not done with these puzzles. Some have been entertaining others have been very difficult and frustrating. Either way I'm learning quite a bit by doing these puzzles.Published 7 months ago by Jacob White
Too difficult for me. Gave it to my husband who is much smarter and he said it was too difficult for him. My bad for not investigating before I bought it.Published 12 months ago by Gwen S.
Enjoyed right up to page 24. On page 24 he has a puzzle regarding which salary offer would you take. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Barrett Hansen
There are a variety of levels of math puzzles in this book, wide enough to find problems to challenge both middle school and high school students. It is just what I was hoping for.Published 16 months ago by C. Locheiven
Although every puzzle in the book isn't to my liking, the contents are generally pretty good. It offers a good variety of puzzles that are, indeed, both entertaining and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Geoffrey Tait
yet another insightful presentation by this remarkable, charming intellect.
and after you have savored these puzzles, pass them on
if you have children (or grandchildren)... Read more