The Puzzler's Dilemma: From the Lighthouse of Alexandria to Monty Hall, a Fresh Look at Classic Conundrums of Logic, Mathematics, and Life

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Calling all puzzlers...

From mathematics to word puzzles, from logic to lateral thinking, veteran puzzle maker Derrick Niederman delights in tackling the trickiest brainteasers in a new way. Among the old chestnuts he cracks wide open are the following classics:

Knights and knaves The monk and the mountain The dominoes and the chessboard The unexpected hanging The Tower of Hanoi

Using real-world analogies, ...

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Overview

Calling all puzzlers...

From mathematics to word puzzles, from logic to lateral thinking, veteran puzzle maker Derrick Niederman delights in tackling the trickiest brainteasers in a new way. Among the old chestnuts he cracks wide open are the following classics:

Knights and knaves The monk and the mountain The dominoes and the chessboard The unexpected hanging The Tower of Hanoi

Using real-world analogies, infectious humor, and a fresh approach, this deceptively simple volume will challenge, amuse, enlighten, and surprise even the most experienced puzzle solver.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537295
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 811,710
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Derrick Niederman is the author of Number Freak: From 1 to 200-The Hidden Language of Numbers Revealed, along with several volumes of minimysteries and math puzzle books. He is also the creator of more than twenty crosswords for the Sunday New York Times, and the designer of the mathematical puzzle 36 Cube. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

1 In the Beginning 1

2 Kangaroo Puzzles 15

3 The Human Element 33

4 Try Lateral Thinking 51

5 Keeping it Simple 65

6 Parabolic Parables 85

7 Little Big Jump 103

8 It Can't Be Done 119

9 Solved According to Doyle 135

10 When Induction Goes Bad 159

11 You are Here: the Search for a Fixed Point 181

12 The Full Monty Hall 199

Acknowledgments 215

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