Synopses & Reviews
Forty-two tantalizing teasers — most by the creator of Alice in Wonderland and published here for the first time — Cakes in a Row, Alice's Multiplication Tables, Looking-Glass Time, Arithmetical Croquet, Four Brothers and a Monkey, Hidden Names, Diverse Doublets, Mischmasch, more. Many hints and solutions. Illustrations by John Tenniel.
Synopsis
Widely known as the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and other books for children, Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson) also excelled as a mathematician and inventor of puzzles. Toward the end of his life, Carroll worked on a book of mathematical puzzles and games but died before it was completed. This book is a new compilation of Carroll's surviving puzzles and games, assembled and edited by Edward Wakeling, a Lewis Carroll scholar and writer on mathematics. Included are a substantial number of problems that Carroll had intended for his collection.
Among the problems many published here for the first time are these baffling brain teasers: Cakes in a Row; Alice's Multiplication Tables; Looking-Glass Time; Four Brothers and a Monkey; Hidden Names; Handicaps; Diverse Doublets; Mischmasch; Arithmetical Croquet; Square Numbers; A Sticky Problem; Wise Eyes; Painting Cubes; Two Clocks; An Amazing Maze; The Number Forty-Two; and 26 others.
In addition to Carroll's original mathematical inventions and games, the editor has supplied a few original problems of his own. Some hints and solutions are also provided. Enhanced with some of John Tenniel's famous illustrations, this volume is a delightful double treat for any puzzle enthusiast or lover of the "Alice" books.
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perplexing puzzles. Hints, solutions. Illustrations by John Tenniel.
Synopsis
Forty-two perplexing puzzles by creator of Alice in Wonderland: Cakes in a Row, Looking-Glass Time, Arithmetical Croquet, Diverse Doublets, and others. Hints, solutions. Illustrations by John Tenniel.
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. Cakes in a Row
2. More Cakes in a Row
3. On the Top of a High Wall
4. A Sticky Problem
5. Two Brothers and a Box
6. Wise Eyes
7. Alice's Multiplication Tables
8. Magic Postal Square
9. Who's Telling the Truth?
10. Lanrick
11. Russian Family
12. Fair Shares
13. A Mysterious Number
14. Looking-Glass Time
15. Painting Cubes
16. Going Out
17. Four Brothers and a Monkey
18. Two Clocks
19. Sitting in a Circle
20. Bags of Counters
21. Going Round in Circles
22. Hidden Names
23. Another Hidden Name
24. Well-Hidden Names
25. Handicaps
26. "The Fox, the Goose and the Bag of Corn"
27. The Thirty-Letter Game
28. The Square Window
29. The Three Squares
30. Doublets
31. Diverse Doublets
32. Mischmasch
33. Court Circular
34. A Riddle
35. An Amazing Maze
36. A Convenient Number
37. The Alphabet Cipher
38. Arithmetical Croquet
39. An Enigma
40. Square Numbers
41. Carrollian Cross Reference
42. The Number Forty-Two