Intriguing Mathematical Problems

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Amusing and informative in its approach to solving mathematical bafflers, this treasury of theories, games, puzzles and oddities of all kinds, compiled by one of the world's best card players (Jacoby) and an expert in mathematical recreations (Benson) will delight and fascinate math enthusiasts.
Although primarily intended to entertain, the wide variety of puzzles ― ranging from facile curiosities to very difficult intellectual exercises ― will challenge you to keep your mind ...

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Overview

Amusing and informative in its approach to solving mathematical bafflers, this treasury of theories, games, puzzles and oddities of all kinds, compiled by one of the world's best card players (Jacoby) and an expert in mathematical recreations (Benson) will delight and fascinate math enthusiasts.
Although primarily intended to entertain, the wide variety of puzzles ― ranging from facile curiosities to very difficult intellectual exercises ― will challenge you to keep your mind going full steam. Each of the book's five sections ― "Fun with Numbers," "Fun with Letters," "The Odds: Explorations in Probability," "Where Inference and Reasoning Reign" and "The Answers Are Whole Numbers" ― is made up of approximately 30 problems, with solutions grouped at the end of each section. Math buffs will love testing their puzzle-solving skills on such challenging brainteasers as The Enterprising Snail, Mrs. Crabbe and the Bacon, The Fly and the Bicycles, The Lovesick Cockroaches, The Three Prisoners, Girls Should Live in Brooklyn, Who Was Executed?, Creaker vs. Roadhog, The Crossed Ladders, The Ancient Order of the Greens, and many more.
Few of these problems require any advanced mathematical knowledge or prowess. You'll find that simply keeping your wits about you and your logical skills honed are all you need to enjoy a delightful and thought-provoking adventure in recreational mathematics. Foreword. 10 illustrations. 14 tables.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486292618
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 8/12/1996
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,425,625
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

1. fun with numbers
  1. the enterprising snail
  2. bargain day
  3. the bright graduate
  4. the erudite bookworm
  5. mother's little kitchen helper
  6. seven loaves of bread
  7. average speed
  8. the ladder
  9. remainder of one
  10. how much dirt?
  11. ten digits
  12. rare flowers
  13. chickens
  14. send more money!
  15. the empty flask
  16. mrs. crabbe and the bacon
  17. window-washing
  18. mr. spendmore
  19. time?
  20. tires
  21. trains
  22. prime settlement
  23. mixture
  solutions
2. fun with letters
  1. the professor's fish
  2. floating down the river
  3. one hundred dollars needed
  4. what is the product?
  5. joe nitwit
  6. the fly and the bicycles
  7. birds in flight
  8. phil anthrope
  9. the wire fence
  10. my favorite orange
  11. candles
  12. three drain pipes take-?
  13. helen's age is?
  14. jack and jill
  15. mrs. crabbe and the prunes
  16. trust fund
  17. what is the first time?
  18. round trip from abletown
  19. mr. wright and the insurance salesman
  20. phillip gibson's children
  21. ducks
  22. ten-o'clock scholar
  23. packing crate
  24. trains passing
  25. wheat
  26. the professor's window
  27. as the crow flies
  28. courier
  29. outboard vs. speedboat
  solutions
3. the odds: explorations in probability
  1. cue's chance
  2. transfers
  3. the odds are two to one
  4. how many left?
  5. tennis at lower dropshot
  6. face cards
  7. the king of hearts
  8. birthdays
  9. the walk to 15th and m
  10. the three prisoners
  11. the dictator
  12. more tennis at lower dropshot
  13. cubes
  14. king's town
  15. professor of ancient history
  16. two spades
  17. smithley's problem
  18. the odds against smith
  19. professor knowsodd's reply
  20. opinionated is not satisfied
  21. a pair of dice
  22. girls should live in brooklyn
  23. the three chess players
  24. the five balls
  25. how many balls?
  solutions
4. where inference and reasoning reign
  part 1. inference
  1. ho island
  2. the island of ha
  3. bridge
  4. the diners
  5. "fur and feather" show"
  6. the dine-out club
  7. who was executed?
  8. literary dinner party
  9. bridge at the greens'
  10. mr. smith is?
  11. the squabble
  12. the new member cut in
  13. bella's gifts
  14. smithley back at ho island
  15. bridge on ha island
  16. confusing?
  17. flowers
  18. king arthur
  19. outdoors
  20. horsemen
  21. muddle at mixwell
  22. five sons
  23. the island of hi
  24. david?
  25. the island of hu
  26. "artichoke, bergamot, and celery"
  27. the bank manager is?
  28. white and green
  29. strange!
  solutions
  part 2. reasoning
  30. the light coin
  31. how often does christmas fall on friday?
  32. the lovesick cockroaches
  33. chain smoker
  34. commuter service
  35. beefeater's convention
  36. the walking fly
  37. chessboard
  38. u.s. coins
  39. white hats
  40. bigdome's park
  41. jim and judy
  42. jones was early
  43. north
  44. the prince
  45. creaker vs. roadhog
  46. chains
  47. triangles
  48. as the tide rises
  49. what time is it?
  50. the fresh-air fiend
  51. mr. Jones
  52. billiard plays?
  53. much dithering
  54. the back-alley gang
  55. the seven housemasters
  56. his instructor's age
  solutions
5. the answers are whole numbers
  1. the farmers' market
  2. jody and sandra
  3. cashier's error
  4. the crossed ladders
  5. egg money
  6. "wendy, sally, and debby"
  7. monkey business
  8. scholarships
  9. birthday cakes
  10. which is nearer?
  11. muggins
  12. mary
  13. knights vs. bishops
  14. the price went down
  15. four brothers and their gin game
  16. the ancient order of the greens
  17. mrs. overtwenty
  18. how many men?
  19. seventeen pencils
  20. jones' children
  21. mrs. quigley
  22. the rhind papyrus
  23. poppy
  24. the graustark cabinet
  25. the two cousins
  26. professor algebra's garden
  27. coconuts
  28. a box of chocolates
    "seventeeners"
  solutions
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