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Problems for Mathematicians, Young and Old (Dolciani Mathematical Expositions)

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ISBN-13: 978-0883853207
ISBN-10: 0883853205
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Book by Paul R. Halmos

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Product Details

  • Series: Dolciani Mathematical Expositions (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Mathematical Assn. of America (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883853205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883853207
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adnan Aziz on November 14, 2008
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I should preface my review by saying this is the first item I've ever reviewed on Amazon, and I've been buying from Amazon for 10 years. I felt I had to write this review as a counterpoint to an earlier negative review given to this book.

Not only are the problems in this book very interesting to work on, they also illustrate key points in algebra, calculus, set theory, etc. I would say that successfully completing the problems in this book would give you mathematical expertise comparable to that of a first year math graduate student.

When people ask me for math book recommendations, this is the book I suggest. Everyone I've suggested this book to has liked it.

For reference, I have a PhD in EECS (I minored in math) and have taught engineering for the past 12 years.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik Lundberg on November 12, 2003
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I would put this book above the puzzle books by Martin Gardner. The problems range in prerequisite knowledge from none required (brain teasers and logic puzzles) to undergraduate degree in mathematics (topology, calculus). I especially recommend it for someone who likes good brain teasers (like the three light switches puzzle) but also knows some complicated math.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on November 26, 2011
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Apparently, after a long career as a mathematician, Halmos sat down, gathered together the problems he had been accumulating for years in various forms and assembled them into this book. The result is an interesting and peripatetic piece of work -- well-edited, well-composed, and fun. Some of this stuff requires the facility which only comes via an advanced degree and math. Other problems can be tackled by high school students.
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Wonderful book that will truly help you get a feel for problem solving techniques by way of working through them on your own. The solutions treally give an insight into the way a mathematician must think about solving problems.
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2 of 17 people found the following review helpful By reader on July 27, 2005
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There are no attributions nor (inexcusably) any references so

that one is simply led down many dead ends. Rather than

originality we have here simply a selection taken from much

better collections e.g. Engel, Olympiad Problem Book, plus

countless others.
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