The Puzzle Instinct: The Meaning of Puzzles in Human Life

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Indiana University Press, Feb 1, 2004 - Mathematics - 269 pages
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"Humans are the only animals who create and solve puzzles—for the sheer pleasure of it—and there is no obvious genetic reason why we would do this. Marcel Danesi explores the psychology of puzzles and puzzling, with scores of classic examples. His pioneering book is both entertaining and enlightening." —Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times

"... Puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis." —Psychology Today

"... a bristlingly clear... always intriguing survey of the history and rationale of puzzles.... [A] splendid study...." —Knight Ridder Newspapers

 

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User Review  - mschaefer - LibraryThing

Despite the title more of an attempt to give a systematic overview of puzzles with some history thrown in. The puzzles and their presentation are rarely original or insightful, worse, there are many ... Read full review

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User Review  - bluetyson - LibraryThing

This is an overview of the origins of the puzzle in human history, as well as a more detailed look at the various types in existence, complete with some examples. It also mentions some of the famous puzzle makers of history, and the influence of puzzles on mathematics and science and vice versa. Read full review

Contents

Why Puzzles?
1
Puzzling Language
37
Puzzling Pictures
71
Puzzling Logic
112
Puzzling Numbers
143
Puzzling Games m
178
The Puzzle ol Lile
209
Solutions
236
Bibliography and General Reading List
254
Index
265
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Page 256 - GAMES, ANCIENT AND ORIENTAL, AND How TO PLAY THEM. Being the Games of the Ancient Egyptians, the Hiera Gramme of the Greeks, the Ludus Latrunculorum of the Romans, and the Oriental Games of Chess, Draughts, Backgammon, and Magic Squares.

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