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The Monty Hall Problem and Other Puzzles

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Television host Monty Hall used to ratchet up the suspense on his game show, "Let's Make a Deal," by offering contestants a last-minute chance to change their minds. His nail-biting, probability-based dilemma supplies the title for this intriguing book. Assembled by one of the world's top puzzle-makers, its wealth of complex but fun-filled challenges range from riddles of ancient geometry to modern issues of traffic patterns and interstellar communications.
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Overview


Television host Monty Hall used to ratchet up the suspense on his game show, "Let's Make a Deal," by offering contestants a last-minute chance to change their minds. His nail-biting, probability-based dilemma supplies the title for this intriguing book. Assembled by one of the world's top puzzle-makers, its wealth of complex but fun-filled challenges range from riddles of ancient geometry to modern issues of traffic patterns and interstellar communications.
Readers of all ages can appreciate these imaginative puzzles and their colorful characters, which include traveling salesmen, Chinese postmen, and flea circus performers. "Police Chase" examines the definition of the center of a triangle. A series of "Magic Arrow" games offer variations on the classic magic squares. And traditional topics such as Euler's problem, Ramsey theory, polar and spherical coordinates, and Golomb rulers take on fascinating new twists. A treat for the eye as well as for the mind, the puzzles are accompanied by dynamic illustrations that help define underlying mathematical concepts. Complete solutions appear at the end.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486482408
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 8/18/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,360,631
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Inebriated insect

The short and long of it

Get the message?

The first contact

Early geometry

Non-Euclidian geometry

Taxicab-geometry; Biangles

Taxi triangulatlon

Square route

Going round in circles

All roads lead to

Local liquor

Treasure hunt 9

Cubic cryptogram

Deliver the goods

Scenic tour

Right this way

Area of a circle

Clover

4-way.race

Polygonal proof

Cycloid and cycling

TrIangulation

Police chase

Bright blossms

flea circus

Hopping mad

Grasshopping

Leap for home

Shape Up

.The game of Life

Golden handshake

A shaker's dozen

Let's shake on it

T-hat's magic!

Island hopping

Monty Hall problem 1

Monty Hall problem 2

Golomb rulers

Golomb ruler: 4 markers

Golomb ruler: 5 markers

Golomb ruler: 6 markers

Dissected Golomb rulers

Golomb ruler: 7 .markers

Birds on a wire

Zoo-logical

Ramsey theory

Ramsey game; Party puzzle for six

Ramsey 17-gon game

Ramsey 18-gon

Hidden polygons

A whole lotto numbers

Euler's problem

Eulerian paths

Devious doodling

The right connections

Chinese postman problem

Doing the rounds

Traveling salesman problem

Chop chop

Catering for the children

Coordinates on a flat plane

Coordinates in 3-dimensional space

Polar coordinates

Spherical coordinates

Coordinate craft

Royal lineage

Regal procession

Think of a number

Make a meal of┬Ěthis

Circular convergence

Polygon bracelet

Triangle teaser

Fluid dynamics

Ganymede circle 1

Ganymede circle 2

Ganymede circle 3

Ganymede circle 4

Colorful combination lock

Magic arrows: game 1

Magic arrows: game 2

Magic arrows: game 3

In your area

Clover coverage

The eighteenth amendment

Access all areas

To the max

One for the birds

The safe safe

Window of opportunity

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