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Full title Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions [permalink]
Language English
Author Martin Gardner (author)
Publisher Penguin Books
Categories Mathematics and puzzle
Publication year 1965
Original publication year 1959
ISBN 0-14-02-0713-9 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 154
Synopsis

Based on articles written for Scientific American, every chapter has an addendum, explaining further points or elaborating new ones, and some chapters have letters from people sent in after the article in question was published.

Review

An awesome book with lots of interesting things. Read the chapter titles in the Structures for a preview.

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  • Introduction
  1. Hexaflexagons
  2. Magic with a Matrix
  3. Nine Problems
  4. Ticktacktoe, or Noughts and Crosses
  5. Probability Paradoxes
  6. The Icosian Game and the Tower of Hanoi
  7. Curious Topological Models
  8. The Game of Hex
  9. Sam Loyd: America's Greatest Puzzlist
  10. Mathematical Card Tricks
  11. Memorizing Numbers
  12. Nine More Problems
  13. Polyominoes
  14. Fallacies
  15. Nim and Tac Tix
  16. Left or Right?
  • References for Further Reading
Full title More Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions [permalink]
Language English
Author Martin Gardner (author)
Publisher Penguin Books
Categories Mathematics and puzzle
Publication year 1963
Original publication year 1961
ISBN 0-14-02-0748-1 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 186
Synopsis

This book is written in the same vein as Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions.

Review

I truly loved this book. My favorite chapters are The Five Platonic Solids, Mazes, and Eleusis: The Induction Game.

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  • Introduction
  1. The Five Platonic Solids
  2. Tetraflexagons
  3. Henry Ernest Dudeney: England's Greatest Puzzlist
  4. Digital Roots
  5. Nine Problems
  6. The Soma Cube
  7. Recreational Topology
  8. Phi: The Golden Ratio
  9. The Monkey and the Coconuts
  10. Mazes
  11. Recreational Logic
  12. Magic Squares
  13. James Hugh Riley Shows, Inc.
  14. Nine More Problems
  15. Eleusis: The Induction Game
  16. Origami
  17. Squaring the Square
  18. Mechanical Puzzles
  19. Probability and Ambiguity
  • References for Further Reading
Full title What Is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical Puzzles [permalink]
Language English
Author Raymond M. Smullyan (author)
Publisher Dover Publications
Categories Logic and puzzle
Publication year 2011
Original publication year 1978
ISBN 978-0486-48198-2 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 241
Synopsis

A book of puzzles, a lot of the A-always-lies, B-always-tells-the-truth variety.

Each section introduces the topic under discussion with a story, with small vignettes strewn between the puzzles themselves to give context.

The last chapter is a more free-flowing story-telling chapter, with a complete explanation of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem.

Review

There's not all that much to say about this book. I found it an interesting read, and it's fun to try the puzzles out on friends. Go buy it if you like these kinds of books.

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  • Introduction

Part One: Logical Recreations

  • 1. Fooled?
  • 2. Puzzles and Monkey Tricks
  • 3. Knights and Knaves
  • 4. Alice in the Forest of Forgetfulness

Part Two: Portia's Caskets and Other Mysteries

  • 5. The Mystery of Portia's Caskets
  • 6. From the Files of Inspector Craig
  • 7. How to Avoid Werewolves—And Other Practical Bits of Advice
  • 8. Logic Puzzles
  • 9. Bellini or Cellini?

Part Three: Weird Tales

  • 10. The Island of Baal
  • 11. The Island of Zombies
  • 12. Is Dracula Still Alive?

Part Four: Logic Is a Many-Splendored Thing

  • 13. Logic and Life
  • 14. How to Prove Anything
  • 15. From Paradox to Truth
  • 16. Gödel's Discovery

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