Gardner,
Martin: Entertaining
Mathematical
Puzzles ©1961 Martin Gardner; Published in 1986 by Dover Publications ISBN: 0486252116 Softcover, perfect-bound, 5.5x8.5", 111 pages |
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Comments: Not exactly a
magic book, but many mathematical principles are used in magic
such as
card tricks, mentalism, and in gambling routines. This book is
mostly
pure math, but the sections on math games and probability puzzles
may
lend some ideas.

Originally published in 1961 by Thomas Y. Crowell Co, NY, under
the
title *Mathematical Puzzles*. Dover edition is unabridged
and slightly
corrected.

Contents:

vii Introduction

1 Part I Arithmetic
Puzzles

3 The Colored Socks

4 Weighty Problem

6 The Silver Bar

10 The Three Cats

12 Mrs. Puffem's Cigarettes

13 Part II Money
Puzzles

15 Second-Hand Scooter

17 Low Finance

19 No Change

21 Al's Allowance

24 Pick Your Pay

25 Part III Speed
Puzzles

27 The Bicycles and the Fly

29 The Floating Hat

31 Round Trip

33 Airplane Paradox

35 Part IV Plane
Geometry
Puzzles

37 Corner to Corner

38 The Hindu and the Cat

40 Cutting the Pie

43 Where Does the Square Go?

45 Part V Solid
Geometry
Puzzles

47 Under the Band

49 The Third Line

51 The Painted Cubes

52 The Spotted Basketball

53 Part VI Game
Puzzles

55 The Circle of Pennies

57 Fox and Goose

59 Bridg-It

63 Nim

65 Part VII
Probability
Puzzles

67 The Three Pennies

69 The Tenth Roll

71 Odds on Kings

73 Boys vs. Girls

75 Part VIII Topology
Puzzles

77 The Five Bricks

79 Outside or Inside?

82 The Two Knots

85 Reversing the Sweater

87 Part IX
Miscellaneous
Puzzles

89 The Five Tetrominoes

92 The Two Tribes

94 No Time for School

96 Time for Toast

98 The Three Neckties

99 Part X Tricky Puzzles

111 Suggestions for Further Reading