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Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays: Volume 1 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1568811307
ISBN-10: 1568811306
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" ""Winning Ways is an absolute must have for those who are interested in mathematical game theory. It is sure to please any fan of recreational mathematics or simply anyone who is interested in games and how to play them well."" -Jacob McMillen, Math Horizons, November 2005
""This new edition confirms the status of the book as a standard reference, which it will continue to be for at least another decade."" -Adhemar Bultheel, Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society , December 2005"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 2 edition (January 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568811306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568811307
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a classic set of books, and greatly improved from the original version. But if you're looking for the old Volume 1, this book will disappoint. The second edition of Winning Ways is split into 4 separately published books. So THIS Volume 1 is just half of the old Volume 1. Be prepared.
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Surely, no other books on this subject can be better than this series by Berlekamp and Conway, both are masters of the field! There is no doubt to this. But if someone, like a high school math teacher would like to experience the same thrills but at an elementary level, what is better than Mathematical Games and Pastimes by Domoryad, one of The Popular Lectures in Mathematics Vol. 10. Similar entertainment and taste but more accessible. ISBN B0006AYRNK
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OK, I must confess, this review is really based on the old set of (two) volumes, which i purchased around 1985. Rarely did I get so much value for money. I must have spent dozens of evenings in delight reading these volumes, which contain both serious math and scores of jokes on almost every page. And every two years or so I find myself rereading parts of it, chuckling at the pictures and puns once again.

And how satisfying, to be able to stun some friends one afternoon by beating them consistently at dots and boxes, because I happened to remember the theory behind the game. And how did I baffle them once when I solved a (supposedly very tough) nim-like problem in a newspaper in an instant, because I could remember Sprague-Grundy theory.

I can't recommend these splendid volumes enough.
They have given me countless hours of joy.
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This book is dazzling. It can be pretty tough going but it is
well worth the effort. You can always tell the work of a genius because it illuminates the landscape and shows us things we have never seen before. I design games for a living and this book rocks! Hackenbush, Nimbers, games with 1/2 move advantage. Well illustrated. ONLY PROBLEM: Where are volumes 2-4?
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