Mind-Boggling Word Puzzles

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Ready to have your mind boggled? World-famous puzzle master Martin Gardner has provided more than 100 ways to give your little gray cells a workout. These unusual puzzles, many of them original, include palindromes, anagrams, rebuses, and logic puzzles. Their whimsical illustrations contain occasional clues and plenty of humor. If you're stumped, you can consult the back of the book for complete solutions. 
Martin Gardner was renowned for his "Mathematical Games" ...

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Overview

Ready to have your mind boggled? World-famous puzzle master Martin Gardner has provided more than 100 ways to give your little gray cells a workout. These unusual puzzles, many of them original, include palindromes, anagrams, rebuses, and logic puzzles. Their whimsical illustrations contain occasional clues and plenty of humor. If you're stumped, you can consult the back of the book for complete solutions. 
Martin Gardner was renowned for his "Mathematical Games" columns in Scientific American, which he wrote for 25 years. Acclaimed by Newsweek as "The Magician of Math," he published more than 70 books on subjects ranging from science and math to poetry and religion.  

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Children's Literature
Kids will love this unique collection of more than 100 challenging word problems, palindromes, crossword puzzles, anagrams, fill-in-the-blanks, matching games, visual puzzles, and much more. These entertaining word puzzles offer a great opportunity for youngsters to stimulate their minds and practice important critical thinking skills. In order to successfully solve the mind-boggling exercises in this fun book, kids will need a good sense of humor, a bit of common sense and patience, and a good dose of logic. Organized into seven chapters (Warm-Ups, Family Talk, What Did You Say?, Creatures, Getting It Right, What Do You Have in Mind?, and Toughies), these brainteasers are accompanied by humorous illustrations (many of which provide visual clues) and helpful diagrams. The author, a world-famous puzzle master, also provides a comprehensive answer section. An "About the Author" section and index are also included. Young puzzle fans will treasure this book. Not only will it boggle their minds, but it will also keep them busy for hours (not to mention all of the giggles it will elicit and skills it will strengthen). 2002, Sterling Publishing,
— Debra Briatico
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486474960
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Series: Dover Children's Activity Books Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 186,031
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (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

Foreword
Warm-Ups
Family Talk
What Did You Say?
Creatures
Getting It Right
What Do You Have in Mind?
Toughies
Answers
About the Author
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    From my point of view...

    I just got the sample, and it gave three warm-up puzzles...im guessing that the full book would be a lot better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    I like it.

    Its cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Highrock

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Nah

    Theese are too difficult

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