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The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems.

THE COLOSSAL BOOK OF SHORT PUZZLES AND PROBLEMS MARTIN GARDNER

Gardner's "Mathematical Games" column for Scientific American has challenged and befuddled legions of readers for more than 25 years. Gardner has deftly and entertainingly explained concepts such as probability, combinatorics, physics, and geometry through his recreational mathematics. Collected here for the first time are 340 puzzles that highlight the best of Gardner's column.

Arranged by subject and prefaced by short introductory notes, the puzzles range from algebraic problems such as "Was Fermat Wrong?" a puzzle challenging Fermat's last theorem, to "Inverting a Triangle," which asks the reader to calculate the minimum number of coins that must be shifted to invert a triangle of 10 pennies. These and many other puzzles, ordered from simplest to most difficult, include detailed solutions. This guide will appeal to both the amateur and professional mathematician. Norton, 2005, 704 p., b&w illus., hardcover, $35.00.
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Date:Jan 14, 2006
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