Popular puzzles such as the Rubik's cube and so-called oval track puzzles give a concrete representation to abstract mathematics. This book and CD show how the theory of permutation groups can be used to solve a range of puzzles. Ideal for students of algebra or anyone with an interest in puzzles.
About the Author
John O. Kiltinen is a native of Marquette,Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Northern MichiganUniversity in 1963 and his Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics at DukeUniversity in 1967. After teaching at the University of Minnesota for four years, he returned in 1971 to his undergraduate alma mater, where he has been a faculty member ever since. He was a visiting professor during1978-79 in Finland, spending half of the year at the University of Joensuu,and half at the Tampere University of Technology. For the first half ofhis year in Finland, he held a Fulbright Lectureship.