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Bizarre imagination, originality, trickiness, and whimsy characterize puzzles of Sam Loyd, America's greatest puzzler. Present selection from fabulously rare Cyclopedia includes the famous 14–15 puzzles, the Horse of a Different Color, and 115 others in various areas of elementary math. 150 period line drawings.

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Bizarre, original, whimsical puzzles by America's greatest puzzler. Elementary math. 150 illus.

Synopsis:

Choice puzzles by one of America's most ingenious creators of mathematical entertainments, ranging from simple exercises in arithmetic to complex calculus problems.

Synopsis:

Bizarre imagination, originality, trickiness, and whimsy characterize puzzles of Sam Loyd, America's greatest puzzler. Present selection from fabulously rare Cyclopedia. 150 period line drawings.

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

  Two Turkeys

  Bixley to Quixley

  Dickering at Manilla

  What Was the Profit?

  The Bargain Sale

  The Cat and Dog Race

  The Man with the Hoe

  Trading Chickens

  The Chess Playing Colonel

  Uncle Sam's Fob Chain

  The Eccentric Teacher

  Tug O' War Puzzle

  The Three Brides

  A Problem in Diamonds and Rubies

  Missing Numbers

  The Mathematical Cop

  The Time Problems

  School of Sea Serpents

  "Cow, Goat, and Goose"

  Weighing the Baby

  Multiplication and Addition

  The Squarest Game on the Beach

  The Saint Patrick's Day Parade

  The Missing Pennies

  Stamps for a Dollar

  The Oracle Puzzle

  The Yacht Race

  The Battle of Hastings

  Mixed Teas

  False Weights

  Grandfather's Problem

  A Puzzling Mixture

  The Stenographer's Salary

  Tell Mother's Age

  The Pistol Match

  The Strange Building Loan Plan

  The Bottle Problem

  Count the Votes

  The Dutchmen's Wives

  Domestic Complications

  The Crazy Clock of Zurich

  How Old Will Smith Be?

  Puzzling Scales

  Heard at the Zoo

  Annual Picnic

  The Convent Problem

  The Fighting Fishes of Siam

  The Chinese Cash Puzzle

  Butcher Boy

Probability and Game Theory Problems

  Carnival Dice Game

  Chickens in the Corn

  The Great Pool Puzzle

  Puzzleland Races

  Lord Rosslyn's System

  The Great Columbus Problem

  The Golf Puzzle

  The Boxer's Puzzle

  The Potato Race Puzzle

  The Mixed-up Hats

Operations Research Problems

  The Four Elopements

  The Necklace Puzzle

  The Moonshiners of Puzzleland

  The Quarrelsome Couples

  The Hod Carrier's Problem

  Primitive Railroading

  The Merchant of Bagdad

Plane Geometry Problems

  The New Star

  The Grindstone Puzzle

  The Hidden Star

  The Gold Brick Puzzle

  The Lily Problem

  The Lake Puzzle

  The Three Napkins

  Free Acres

  The Danish Flag Puzzle

Geometrical Dissection Problems

  Good Luck

  The Sedan Chair Puzzle

  The Hoop-Snake Puzzle

  The Red Cross Lassie Puzzle

  Mrs. Pythagoras' Puzzle

  The Joiner's Problem

  The Pony Puzzle

  The Battle of the Four Oaks

  A Battle Royal

  Puzzle of the Red Spade

  The Patch Quilt Puzzle

  The Guido Mosaics

  The Smart Alec Puzzle

  The Young Carpenter's Puzzle

  The Moon Problem

  The Gingerbread Dog

  The Cheese Problem

  The Chinese Puzzle

"Route, Tracing, and Topological Problems"

  Bicycle Tour

  In Ancient Greece

  The Bridges of Konigsberg

  Military Tactics

  Going into Action

  The Canals on Mars

  Back from the Klondike

  The Quarrelsome Neighbors

  The Boxer's Puzzle

  Heclai's Path

  Alice in Wonderland

  The Gordian Knot

Counter and Sliding Block Problems

  Fore and Aft Puzzle

  Martha's Vineyard

  The 14-15 Puzzle

  A Chinese Switch-Word Puzzle

  After Dinner Tricks

  Duck Shooting at Buzzard's Bay

  Crows in the Corn

Solid Geometry Problems

  The Plumber's Problem

  The Old Beacon Tower

  The Football Problem

  Plato's Cubes

  The Deadwood Express

  The Cheese Problem

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486204987
Editor:
Gardner, Martin
Author:
Gardner, Martin
Author:
Loyd, Sam
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Puzzles
Subject:
Recreations & Games
Subject:
Mathematical recreations
Subject:
Mathematics-Games and Puzzles
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Recreational Math
Series Volume:
156
Publication Date:
19590631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
167
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.43 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Synopsis" by , Bizarre, original, whimsical puzzles by America's greatest puzzler. Elementary math. 150 illus.

"Synopsis" by , Choice puzzles by one of America's most ingenious creators of mathematical entertainments, ranging from simple exercises in arithmetic to complex calculus problems.
"Synopsis" by ,
Bizarre imagination, originality, trickiness, and whimsy characterize puzzles of Sam Loyd, America's greatest puzzler. Present selection from fabulously rare Cyclopedia. 150 period line drawings.
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