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The Puzzle Universe : The History of Math in 315 Puzzles - Ivan Moscovich

The Puzzle Universe

The History of Math in 315 Puzzles

Hardcover Published: 28th October 2015
ISBN: 9781770854758
Number Of Pages: 416

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A renowned puzzle master and game inventor presents 315 new and traditional puzzles. The Puzzle Universe is intended for general readers and devoted puzzlers. It is about the latent beauty of mathematics, its history, and the puzzles that have advanced and emerged from the science of numbers. It is full of challenging historical facts, thinking puzzles, paradoxes, illusions, and problem solving. There are 315 puzzles in this book. Extended captions explain in easy terms the value of the puzzles for mathematical and educational purposes, particularly in light of the findings of recent research. This historical and pedagogical dimension sets The Puzzle Universe apart from similar books. The puzzles appear in a dynamic layout for a visual experience that is Ivan Moscovich's trademark. There are ten chapters complete with answers. Icons show the challenge rating and the tools needed (pencil, scissors, ruler, and of course, brain) to solve the puzzle.

With this book, Ivan Moscovich invites readers to join him in the puzzle universe, a pleasant environment of creative discovery, problem solving, fun and enjoyment.

About the Author

Ivan Moscovich is celebrated worldwide as one of the leading inventors and presenters of visual games and puzzles. He has more than 40 illustrated books to his credit, of which 'The Big Book of Brain Games' has sold over one million copies and was translated into more than 20 languages.

Full colour throughout

Industry Reviews

This trove contains puzzles, brain teasers and games, some of which date back thousands of years.--Keith Blanchard"Wall Street Journal" (11/17/2015)
Would make a great gift for a mathematically minded friend or family member.--Mike"Dr. Mike's Blog" (06/06/2016)
A great read for anyone interested in puzzles or mathematics.--Publishers Weekly (11/01/2016)
The Puzzle Universe is a quixotic, informative, and enlightening encyclopedia of recreational mathematics. It should prove to be an inspiration to mathematical idlers, and a rich resource for learners and teachers who wish to be attuned to the playful and creative side of mathematics.-- (12/17/2015)
Having read several of Ivan Moscovich's previous puzzle books, I was not surprised in thumbing through it to find a wonderful collection of puzzles and problems to challenge mathematicians of all ages and levels, and all presented in beautiful color. What seems to be even newer here is a larger focus on the historical nature of the problems in the development of mathematics... Check out what I believe may be the most beautiful coffee table holiday gift for all the puzzle lovers on your Christmas list.-- (11/15/2015)
First things first: To ease your mind, yes, this book includes an answer section as well. But Moscovich, a celebrated puzzle inventor, makes a compelling case for puzzle solving as a means of developing creativity and even intelligence, so you might want to give it a go to solve a few on your own before consulting the answers. Colorful illustrations are mixed with historical notes about famous mathematicians, all kinds of puzzles and games, and discussions of objects ranging from gears to the Sphinx-making this book all the more engaging for puzzle enthusiasts and those interested in the history of science. Gift Guide 2015 Selection.-- (12/18/2015)

The chapters are:

Thinking about Playthinks and Your Brain;

Beginnings, Greek Maths, Geometry and The Ahmes' Puzzle;

Primes, Magic Squares and Queen Dido's Problem;

Points, Topology and Euler's Seven Bridges Puzzle;

Knights And Queens, Cutting Cakes and The Mystery of the Pendulum;

Science, Dimensions, Randomness and The Tower of Hanoi Puzzle; Infinity, Impossible, Mixed Hats and Mixing Tea with Milk Puzzle; Paradoxes, Cellular Automata, Hollow Cube and Night Crossing Puzzle;

Perception, Illusions, Parity and Puzzles about Truth and Lies of Ray; Answers.

ISBN: 9781770854758
ISBN-10: 1770854754
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 28th October 2015
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 26.7 x 23.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.79

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