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Mathematics, Magic and Mystery

by Martin Gardner

Why do card tricks work? How can magicians do astonishing feats of mathematics mentally? Why do stage "mind-reading" tricks work? As a rule, we simply accept these tricks and "magic" without recognizing that...

Studies in the Theory of Random Processes

by A. V. Skorokhod

This text is devoted to the development of certain probabilistic methods in the specific field of stochastic differential equations and limit theorems for Markov processes. Specialists, researchers, and students...

Why Do Buses Come in Threes: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life

by Jeremy Wyndham, Robert Eastaway & Tim Rice

"Deals in a very entertaining way with problems in normal life related to mathematics, luck, coincidence, gambling." - The Independent (London)

Why do your chances of winning the lottery increase if you buy your...

Four Lives: A Celebration of Raymond Smullyan

by Jason Rosenhouse & Raymond M. Smullyan

This "best of" collection of works by Raymond Smullyan features logic puzzles, musings on mathematical logic and paradoxes, chess problems, and thoughts on the philosophy of religion, plus personal tributes...

Paradoxes in Mathematics

by Stanley J. Farlow

Students and puzzle enthusiasts will get plenty of enjoyment plus some painless mathematical instruction from 28 conundrums, including The Curve That Shook the World, Space Travel in a Wineglass, and Through...

The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes

by Ian Stewart

Enter the magical maze of mathematics and explore the surprising passageways of a fantastical world where logic and imagination converge. For mathematics is a maze-a maze in your head-a maze of ideas, a maze...

Another Fine Math You've Got Me Into. . .

by Ian Stewart

Sixteen columns from the French edition of Scientific American feature oddball characters and wacky wordplay in a mathematical wonderland of puzzles and games that also imparts significant mathematical ideas....

Mathematics and the Imagination

by Edward Kasner & James Newman

With wit and clarity, the authors progress from simple arithmetic to calculus and non-Euclidean geometry. Their subjects: geometry, plane and fancy; puzzles that made mathematical history; tantalizing paradoxes;...

Mathematical Games, Abstract Games

by Joao Pedro Neto & Jorge Nuno Silva

User-friendly, visually appealing collection offers both new and classic strategic board games. Includes abstract games for two and three players and mathematical games such as Nim and games on graphs.

The Gödelian Puzzle Book: Puzzles, Paradoxes and Proofs

by Raymond M. Smullyan

These logic puzzles provide entertaining variations on Gödel's incompleteness theorems, offering ingenious challenges related to infinity, truth and provability, undecidability, and other concepts. No background...

Mathematical Puzzles and Curiosities

by Barry R. Clarke

Intriguing collection features recreational math, logic, and creativity puzzles. Classic and new puzzles include The Monty Hall Problem, The Unexpected Hanging, The Shakespeare Puzzles, and Finger Multiplication....

Intriguing Mathematical Problems

by Oswald Jacoby & William H. Benson

Treasury of challenging brainteasers includes puzzles involving numbers, letters, probability, reasoning, more: The Enterprising Snail, The Fly and the Bicycles, The Lovesick Cockroaches, many others. No advanced...

Mathematical Snapshots

by H. Steinhaus

Numerous photographs, diagrams explain mathematical phenomena in series of thought-provoking expositions. From simple puzzles to more advanced problems, topics include psychology of lottery players, new and...

Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics

by Bonnie Averbach & Orin Chein

Fascinating approach to mathematical teaching stresses use of recreational problems, puzzles, and games to teach critical thinking. Logic, number and graph theory, games of strategy, much more. Includes answers...

100 Great Problems of Elementary Mathematics

by Heinrich Dörrie

Problems that beset Archimedes, Newton, Euler, Cauchy, Gauss, etc. Features squaring the circle, pi, similar problems. No advanced math is required. Includes 100 problems with proofs.

The Number Mysteries

by Marcus du Sautoy

Every time we download music, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our cell phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. In The Number Mysteries, one of our generation's foremost mathematicians...

The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus

by Thomas Oléron Evans & Hannah Fry

How do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list? What equations should you use to decorate the Christmas tree? Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner--shimmying...

Number Fun

by Albert Rodney Daniels

This book is like 210 individual puzzles while at the same time it is one very large puzzle. Things needed to play this game. 1. A handheld calculator. 2. A pencil with a good eraser. 3. A good amount of patience....

One Hundred Problems in Elementary Mathematics

by Hugo Steinhaus & Martin Gardner

Both a challenge to mathematically inclined readers and a useful supplementary text for high school and college courses, One Hundred Problems in Elementary Mathematics presents an instructive, stimulating collection...

The Big Brain Puzzle Book

by Terry Stickels

Give your brain a series of workouts that'll make it bigger and better! This colossal collection of more than 200 puzzles simultaneously provides a relaxing atmosphere for mental play and stimulates brain activity....