The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems: Combinatorics, Probability, Algebra, Geometry, Topology, Chess, Logic, Cryptarithms, Wordplay, Physics and Other Topics of Recreational Mathematics

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Norton, 2006 - Games - 494 pages
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For more than twenty-five years, Martin Gardner was Scientific American's renowned provocateur of popular math. His yearly gatherings of short and inventive problems were easily his most anticipated math columns. Loyal readers would savor the wit and elegance of his explorations in physics, probability, topology, and chess, among others. Grouped by subject and arrayed from easiest to hardest, the puzzles gathered here, which complement the lengthier, more involved problems in The Colossal Book of Mathematics, have been selected by Gardner for their illuminating; and often bewildering; solutions. Filled with over 300 illustrations, this new volume even contains nine new mathematical gems that Gardner, now ninety, has been gathering for the last decade. No amateur or expert math lover should be without this indispensable volume; a capstone to Gardner's seventy-year career.

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User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

Great book. I didn't actually 'finish' it. I did selected problems. Sure wish I had this when I was a kid and had more free time! I need to buy a copy of this to do problems at lunchtime. Read full review

Review: The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems

User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

Great book. I didn't actually 'finish' it. I did selected problems. Sure wish I had this when I was a kid and had more free time! I need to buy a copy of this to do problems at lunchtime. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books on a vast range of topics including "Did Adam & Eve Have Navels?", "Calculus Made Easy", & "The Annotated Alice". He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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