Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd


Bizarre imagination, originality, trickiness, and whimsy characterize puzzles of Sam Loyd, America's greatest puzzler. Present selection from fabulously rare Cyclopedia includes the famous 14?15 puzzles, the Horse of a Different Color, and 115 others in various areas of elementary math. 150 period line drawings.
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Bizarre imagination, originality, trickiness, and whimsy characterize puzzles of Sam Loyd, America's greatest puzzler. Present selection from fabulously rare Cyclopedia includes the famous 14–15 puzzles, the Horse of a Different Color, and 115 others in various areas of elementary math. 150 period line drawings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486204987
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1959
  • Series: Dover Recreational Math Series
  • Pages: 167
  • Sales rank: 217,818
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Gardner was a renowned author who published over 70 books on subjects from science and math to poetry and religion. He also had a lifelong passion for magic tricks and puzzles. Well known for his mathematical games column in Scientific American and his "Trick of the Month" in Physics Teacher magazine, Gardner attracted a loyal following with his intelligence, wit, and imagination.

Martin Gardner: A Remembrance
The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005.

To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which — despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution — continues to be operative today.

In the Author's Own Words:
"Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs."

"A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" — Martin Gardner

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Table of Contents

Arithmetic and Algebraic Problems
  Two Turkeys
  Bixley to Quixley
  Dickering at Manilla
  What Was the Profit?
  The Bargain Sale
  The Cat and Dog Race
  The Man with the Hoe
  Trading Chickens
  The Chess Playing Colonel
  Uncle Sam's Fob Chain
  The Eccentric Teacher
  Tug O' War Puzzle
  The Three Brides
  A Problem in Diamonds and Rubies
  Missing Numbers
  The Mathematical Cop
  The Time Problems
  School of Sea Serpents
  "Cow, Goat, and Goose"
  Weighing the Baby
  Multiplication and Addition
  The Squarest Game on the Beach
  The Saint Patrick's Day Parade
  The Missing Pennies
  Stamps for a Dollar
  The Oracle Puzzle
  The Yacht Race
  The Battle of Hastings
  Mixed Teas
  False Weights
  Grandfather's Problem
  A Puzzling Mixture
  The Stenographer's Salary
  Tell Mother's Age
  The Pistol Match
  The Strange Building Loan Plan
  The Bottle Problem
  Count the Votes
  The Dutchmen's Wives
  Domestic Complications
  The Crazy Clock of Zurich
  How Old Will Smith Be?
  Puzzling Scales
  Heard at the Zoo
  Annual Picnic
  The Convent Problem
  The Fighting Fishes of Siam
  The Chinese Cash Puzzle
  Butcher Boy
Probability and Game Theory Problems
  Carnival Dice Game
  Chickens in the Corn
  The Great Pool Puzzle
  Puzzleland Races
  Lord Rosslyn's System
  The Great Columbus Problem
  The Golf Puzzle
  The Boxer's Puzzle
  The Potato Race Puzzle
  The Mixed-up Hats
Operations Research Problems
  The Four Elopements
  The Necklace Puzzle
  The Moonshiners of Puzzleland
  The Quarrelsome Couples
  The Hod Carrier's Problem
  Primitive Railroading
  The Merchant of Bagdad
Plane Geometry Problems
  The New Star
  The Grindstone Puzzle
  The Hidden Star
  The Gold Brick Puzzle
  The Lily Problem
  The Lake Puzzle
  The Three Napkins
  Free Acres
  The Danish Flag Puzzle
Geometrical Dissection Problems
  Good Luck
  The Sedan Chair Puzzle
  The Hoop-Snake Puzzle
  The Red Cross Lassie Puzzle
  Mrs. Pythagoras' Puzzle
  The Joiner's Problem
  The Pony Puzzle
  The Battle of the Four Oaks
  A Battle Royal
  Puzzle of the Red Spade
  The Patch Quilt Puzzle
  The Guido Mosaics
  The Smart Alec Puzzle
  The Young Carpenter's Puzzle
  The Moon Problem
  The Gingerbread Dog
  The Cheese Problem
  The Chinese Puzzle
"Route, Tracing, and Topological Problems"
  Bicycle Tour
  In Ancient Greece
  The Bridges of Konigsberg
  Military Tactics
  Going into Action
  The Canals on Mars
  Back from the Klondike
  The Quarrelsome Neighbors
  The Boxer's Puzzle
  Heclai's Path
  Alice in Wonderland
  The Gordian Knot
Counter and Sliding Block Problems
  Fore and Aft Puzzle
  Martha's Vineyard
  The 14-15 Puzzle
  A Chinese Switch-Word Puzzle
  After Dinner Tricks
  Duck Shooting at Buzzard's Bay
  Crows in the Corn
Solid Geometry Problems
  The Plumber's Problem
  The Old Beacon Tower
  The Football Problem
  Plato's Cubes
  The Deadwood Express
  The Cheese Problem
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