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Oval Track and Other Permutation Puzzles: And Just Enough Group Theory to Solve Them (Classroom Resource Materials)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521619745
ISBN-10: 0883857251
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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Classroom Resource Materials
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883857251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521619745
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,405,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks for this nice book! It's not the right level for my students, but it's a good reference for me to use so I can get ideas on how to present this to my Gen Ed students. Many of the algorithms are implemented by Jaap (see his website) so even though the disc is all "old school" by now, there are other places you can send your students for the exercises.
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