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My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles

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Over a period of 25 years as author of the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American, Martin Gardner devoted a column every six months or so to short math problems or puzzles. He was especially careful to present new and unfamiliar puzzles that had not been included in such classic collections as those by Sam Loyd and Henry Dudeney. Later, these puzzles were publis ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Dover Publications
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Many of the conundrums in this collection also appear in Dr. Gardner's Aha. Of the puzzles I hadn't seen, I was able to solve a few in my head, and a fair number were straightforward with pencil and paper. Many, however, require a profound insight of the "wouldn't get that in a million years" variety—one that I didn't feel at all ashamed for not finding. (Disclaimer: I have a BA in math and am a statistician by trade.)

Regardless of the difficulty, the puzzles in this book are fair tests of intel
Jan 06, 2020 marked it as currently-puzzling
Shelves: puzzles
January 2020: Finally figured out puzzle number three! (Stubbornly refused to continue and obviously not going to peek at the answer...wonder if Eric Lin remembers those checkerboard with the corner squares removed problem?....). But can continue puzzling finally!
Nancy Hawk
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining. Helps keep the gray matter fresh,

With out the past there is no future to look forward too. Studying these things are fun. Tired of writing now.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Small collection, but fun.
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Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book became my go to time filler during downtime at my job. I loved it! Great way to keep your mind sharp and have fun while doing so.
Riju Ganguly
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The only reason behind me dropping a star from the rating has to do with the difficult nature of several problems. Logic puzzles as well as mathematical games are interesting as long as attempting them involves fun and mental alacrity. Unfortunately, several problems described in this book were so rigorous that pen & paper (and occasional glance towards the tomes in the bookshelf) became essential. For grown ups who have some time to indulge themselves and who might like to remove some of the ru ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
These were considerably more advanced than some other Dover collections of Gardner's puzzles - in fact, most of them would require fairly advanced math skills. While I enjoyed the solutions, for the vast majority I didn't have a prayer of solving them on my own.
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The problem with this, of course, is that it's a translation of words that are meant to be puzzling. As a result, many are not written in such a way that the parameters of the problems are clear. Some assumptions have to be made to proceed with solving.
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Just something I like to do in my spare time.
Suraj Kumar
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
so amazing puzzles. :)
happy to solve them.
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Very good logic puzzles.
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A solid puzzle book.
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love to puzzle through these types of books. I got this one for Christmas. There are quite a few fun puzzles in there.
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Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.

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