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Gardner's second collection of amusing, thought-provoking problems and puzzles from Loyd's Cyclopedia — perhaps the most exciting collection of puzzles ever assembled in one volume. Arithmetic, algebra, speed and distance problems, game theory, counter and sliding block problems, similar topics. 166 problems. 150 original drawings, diagrams.

About 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

Table of Contents

Arithmetic and Algebraic Problems

  Lewis Carroll's Monkey Puzzle

  The Price of Eggs

  Conscientious Milkman

  The Five Newsboys

  How Old Is Mary?

  The Match Problem

  Jack Sprat

  The Miser's Puzzle

  Contracting Costs

  The Missing Link

  Texas Drovers

  How Old Is Biddy?

  The General Store Puzzle

  How Many Chickens?

  The Leaning Tower of Pisa Puzzle

  Peddler Pete

  How Old Is Pocahontas?

  A Puzzle in Oil and Vinegar

  The Hat that Didn't Sell

  Christians and Turks

  Coming to Town

  How Old Is Fido?

  The Inspector's Problem

  Merry Go Round Puzzle

  Mrs. Wiggs' Cabbages

  The Centennial Problem

  Dividing the Spoils

  The Weight of a Brick

  Puzzling Scales

  Squaring Accounts--A Temperance Puzzle

  The Three Beggars

  Puzzling Prattle

  The Telegraph Poles

  An Odd Catch

  The Disappointed Pensioners

  Problems of History

  Lord Rosslyn's System

  "At the "Zoo"

  Trading in Puzzleland

  Squaring the Swastika

  Trading Lots Puzzle

  Trading in the Philippines

  Losing at Cinch

  How Old Is the Boy?

  Longfellow's Bees

  Common Stock

  Dirty Linen

  The Reaper's Problem

  Puzzle of Grandfather's Clock

  Archery Puzzle

  The Graces and the Muses

  Dunce Puzzle

  O'Shaugnessy's Estate

  Dividing his Flocks

  The Missing Number

  How Large Was the Farm?

  Turkey vs. Goose

  What Did the Suit Sell For?

  How Old Is Jimmy?

  Red Bananas

  The Wild Man of Borneo Puzzle

  Twenty Pieces of Candy

  Puzzling Partnerships

  The Shy Storekeeper

  William Tell in Puzzleland

  Cups and Saucers

  The Mathematical Milkman

  Dividing Apples

  Marbles for Keeps

  Mixed Tea

  How Old Is the Boss?

  Our Columbus Problem

  Mother's Jam Puzzle

  Puppies and Rats

  Division of Capital

  Mrs. Hogan's Clothes Line

  Jones' Cows

  The Shady Grove

  Horse Trade

  Quick Deal

  Puzzle of an Eccentric Will

  The Famous Hot Cross Bun Puzzle

  Bill Sykes

Speed and Distance Problems

  Weary Willie

  The Ferry Boat Problem

  Jack and Jill

  Tom the Piper's Son

  The Leaning Tower of Pisa Puzzle

  Against the Wind

  Inverness to Glasgow

  How Far to Piketown?

  The Telegraph Poles

  Cross-Country Running

  Beating the Record

  Tandem Bicycle

  The Owl Express

  Diminishing Power

  Skating Puzzle

  Polar Bride

  Professor Blumgarten and the Peace Congress

  Aesop's Eagle

  The Hare and the Tortoise

  The Courier Problem

  The Steeplechase Puzzle

  Casey's Cow

Clock Problems

  The Assassin's Bullet

  A Question of Time

  The Two Watches

  Puzzle of Grandfather's Clock

Game Theory Problems

  Rip Van Winkle Puzzle

  A Daisy Puzzle Game

  Catching a Christmas Turkey

  The Wild Man of Borneo Puzzle

Operations Research Problems

  Milkman's Puzzle

  The Switch Problem

  The Missing Link

  Tandem Bicycle

  The Mathematical Milkman

  The Fire Escape Puzzle

Plane Geometry Problems

  The Royal Road to Learning

  The Pig Sty Problem

  The Pony Cart Problem

  Bo-Peep's Pen

  The Only Square Game on the Beach

  Trading Lots Puzzle

  The Reaper's Problem

  Cross-Country Running

  Disputed Claims

  Lincoln's Rail Puzzle

  King Solomon's Seal

  The Electrical Problem

  Little Bo-Peep in Puzzleland

Geometrical Dissection Problems

  The Royal Road to Learning

  Cross and Crescent

  Puzzleland Gingerbread

  Greek Cross Problems

  The Goose Puzzle

  The Crusaders

  An Old Saw with New Teeth

  The Monad Puzzle

  Sawing the Checkerboard

  Trading in Puzzleland

  Squaring the Swastika

  The Remnant Puzzle

  Red Cross Volunteers

  Two From One

  The King's of Siam's Tricks

  Remnant Bargains

  Chick to Egg

  A Square Deal

  Jack and the Box Puzzle

  The Mystery of the Boarding House Pie

  Ancient Order of the Iron Cross

  A Swiss Puzzle

  The Royal Road to Mathematics

"Route, Tracing, and Topological Problems"

  The Hammock Puzzle

  The Pig in the Garden

  The Patrolman's Puzzle

  The Problem of London Tower

  "Red Rum and Murder"

  The Hidden Couplet

  The King of Siam's Tricks

  The Monkey's Puzzle

  Santa's Christmas Turkey

  Christopher's Egg Tricks

  Switchboard Problem

  Dick Whittington's Cat

Counter and Sliding Block Problems

  The Scholar's Puzzle

  The Moving Day Puzzle

  Picket Posts

  A Nautical Problem

  "Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, and Plums"

  A Study in Eggs

  The Diamond Thief

  Who Will Get the Nomination?

  Christopher's Egg Tricks

  The Jolly Friar's Puzzle

  Infantry Drill

  The Henry George Puzzle Game

Solid Geometry Problems

  The Moon Problem

  The Tinker's Puzzle

  The Electrical Problem

Physics and Calculus Problems

  Lewis Carroll's Monkey Puzzle

  Tom the Piper's Son

  The Leaning Tower of Pisa Puzzle

  Professor Blumgarten and the Peace Congress

  The Steeplechase Puzzle

Product Details

Gardner, Martin
Dover Publications
Gardner, Martin
Gardner, Martin
Loyd, Sam
New York :
Games, magic and puzzles
Hobbies and games
Recreations & Games
Mathematics-Games and Puzzles
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Trade Paper
Dover Recreational Math
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8.5 x 5.38 in 0.45 lb

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