Synopses & Reviews
Collected over several years by Peter Winkler, of Bell Labs, dozens of elegant, intriguing challenges are presented in Mathematical Puzzles. The answers are easy to explain, but without this book, devilishly hard to find. Creative reasoning is the key to these puzzles. No involved computation or higher mathematics is necessary, but your ability to construct a mathematical proof will be severly tested--even if you are a professional mathematician. For the truly adventurous, there is even a chapter on unsolved puzzles.
Peter Winkler, noted research mathematician and puzzle maven, reveals his puzzle collection, compiled over decades. Now, you can share more than 100 of the best (and some of the toughest) mathematical puzzles ever to appear in one volume.
You'll need a love for mathematical reasoning and a streak of determination. You won't need a professional acquaintance with mathematics; a bright high school student has what it takes.