My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles

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Courier Dover Publications, 1994 - Games - 82 pages
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The noted expert and longtime author of Scientific American's Mathematical Games columnselects 70 of his favorite "short" puzzles. Enthusiasts can challenge their skills with such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, Bronx vs. Brooklyn, and dozens more involving logic and basic math. Complete solutions included.
  

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User Review  - Suraj Kumar - Goodreads

so amazing puzzles. :) happy to solve them. Read full review

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User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

A solid puzzle book. Read full review

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Contents

The Returning Explorer
1
The Mutilated Chessboard
2
Scrambled Box Tops
3
The Early Commuter
4
The Touching Cigarettes
5
Two Ferryboats
6
The 12 Matches
7
Hole in the Sphere
8
The Plane in the Wind
20
A Switching Puzzle
22
Beer Signs on the Highway
23
Bisecting Yin and Yang
24
The BlueEyed Sisters
25
Tricky Track
26
Termite and 27 Cubes
27
Collating the Coins
28

The Twiddled Bolts
9
The Flight around the World
10
The Colliding Missiles
11
Handshakes and Networks
12
Lord Dunsanys Chess Problem
13
Dividing the Cake
14
Water and Wine
15
The AbsentMinded Teller
16
How Long Is a Lunar?
17
Marching Cadets and a Trotting Dog
18
White Black and Brown
19
Time the Toast
29
How Did Kant Set His Clock?
30
Dont Mate in One
31
Find the Hexahedrons
32
Out with the Onion
33
Dissection Dilemma
34
Move the Queen
35
Crazy Cut
36
Reverse the Dog
37
ANSWERS
39
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About the author (1994)

Martin Gardner was a renowned author who published over 70 books on subjects from science and math to poetry and religion. He also had a lifelong passion for magic tricks and puzzles. Well known for his mathematical games column in Scientific American and his "Trick of the Month" in Physics Teacher magazine, Gardner attracted a loyal following with his intelligence, wit, and imagination.

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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