## Ancient Puzzles: Classic Brainteasers and Other Timeless Mathematical Games of the Last 10 CenturiesComprising the entire brainteasing spectrum from the silly and quirky to the clever and profound and drawing on classic wisdom from around the world and from as far back as 7,000 B.C., this collection features puzzles via Hebrew mystics, medieval Muslims, Benjamin Franklin, Sun Tsu, and more. |

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User Review - mschaefer - LibraryThingA beautiful collection of puzzles presented in historical context. The selection is quite unusual (containing, for example, Conway's prime machine when discussing early number systems) and stimulating. Read full review

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