Dr. Ecco: Mathematical Detective

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Courier Corporation, Jun 1, 2004 - Science - 241 pages
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In this collection of original puzzles, games, and codes, the heroic Dr. Ecco, a mathematical detective and puzzle solver, takes on his archenemy, Baskerhound, and uncovers a plot that threatens the world. No sophisticated mathematical background is necessary to solve these challenges, which were inspired by the methods and thinking of researchers in computer science and mathematics. All you need is imagination and a passion for puzzles.
A graduate of Yale, author Dennis Shasha received his Ph.D. from Harvard and is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He includes complete solutions at the end of the book, and has rated the puzzles according to difficulty.

 

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Contents

The Letter O
3
Running Bulls I
11
Humpty Dumpty at the Irish Cliffs I
17
Museum Tour I
26
Elves Flip Q
36
JUSTIFYING TIIE MEANS
57
I7 Amazon Exchange I
73
I9 The Octopelago Problem I
83
Epidemiologists I
125
A SECRET SOCIETY
143
Polling the Oddists
149
The Hokkaido Post Oflice Problem I
152
Plea from a Fugitive I
165
Television Treason 0
180
SOLUTIONS T0 THE PUZZLES
193
71
239

MicroAir I
90
A Question of Inheritance 00
97
BAll LE FOR A OONTINENT
109
Finding the Target I
118
73
247
109
255
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Dennis is professor of computer science at New York University's Courant Institue of Mathematical Sciences.

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