The Lighter Side of Mathematics: Proceedings of the Eugène Strens Memorial Conference on Recreational Mathematics and Its History

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Richard K. Guy, Robert E. Woodrow
Cambridge University Press, 1994 - 367 pages
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Recreational mathematics is thriving at the University of Calgary. Some would say that it is a hotbed for recreational mathematics, for it is the home of the Strens Collection of recreational mathematics materials. The Sterns Collection is the most complete library of recreational mathematics in the world. In August of 1986, a special conference on recreational mathematics was held at the University of Calgary to celebrate the founding of the Sterns Collection. Leading practitioners of recreational mathematics from around the world gathered in Calgary to share with each other the joy and spirit of play that is to be found in recreational mathematics. Martin Gardner says of recreational mathematics: "I don't know of any better way to hook the interests of students. I think teachers are beginning to discover that it does have pedagogical value." The papers in this volume, the proceedings of that conference, represent a veritable treasure trove of recreational mathematics by a star-studded cast: leon Bankoff, Elwyn Berlekamp, H. S. M. Coxeter, Ken Falconer, Branko Grünbaum, Richard Guy, Doris Schattschneider, David Singmaster, Athelstan Spilhaus, Stan Wagon and many others. You will not find another collection of wonderful articles on recreational mathematics by a more distinguished group of authors. If you are interested in tessellations, Escher, tiling, Rubik's cube, pentominoes, games, puzzles, the arbelos, Henry Dudeney, ro change ringing, then this book is a must for you. If you believe that recreational mathematics must be mathematics that is fun, then look no further, for The Lighter Side of Mathematics is full of fun. -- from back cover.
 

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Table des matières

Preface
1
Frieze Patterns Triangulated Polygons and Dichromatic Symmetry
15
Is Engels Enigma a Cubelike Puzzle? A Eidswick
28
Metamorphoses of Polygons Branko Griinbaum
35
Fun with Tessellations John F Rigby
74
A Mathematician in Spite of Himself D Schattschneider
91
Escheresch Athelstan Spilhaus
101
Fourteen Proofs of a Result About Tiling a Rectangle Stan Wagon
113
A New TakeAway Game Jim Propp
212
Confessions of a Puzzlesmith Michael Stueben
222
Some Historical Notes Jerry Slocum
229
The Marvelous Arbelos Leon Bankoff
247
Cluster Pairs of an nDimensional Cube of Edge Length Two
254
The Ancient English Art of Change Ringing Kenneth J Falconer
261
Match Sticks in the Plane Heiko Harborth
281
Misunderstanding My Mazy Mazes May Make Me Miserable
289

Tiling R3 with Circles and Disks B Wilker
129
Introduction to Blockbusting and Domineering Elwyn Berlekamp
137
A Generating Function for the Distribution of the Scores of all Possible Bowling Games
149
Recreation and Depth in Combinatorial Games Aviezri S Fraenkel
159
Recreational Games Displays
175
Rubiks Cubeapplication or illumination of group theory?
202
Golombs Twelve Pentomino Problems Andy Liu
206
From Recreational to Foundational Mathematics Victor Pambuccian
302
Part II Lee C F Sallows
326
The Utility of Recreational Mathematics David Singmaster
340
The Development of Recreational Mathematics in Bulgaria Jordan Stoyanov
346
E + F 2Herbert Taylor
353
List of Conference Participants
365

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