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Martin Gardner

by Scientific American Editors

How many people achieve a cult following because of their writing in mathematics? Only a handful, and Martin Gardner is among the most well known and well loved. Not only did he present a notoriously difficult...


Digital Dice

by Paul J. Nahin

Some probability problems are so difficult that they stump the smartest mathematicians. But even the hardest of these problems can often be solved with a computer and a Monte Carlo simulation, in which a random-number...


Studies in the Theory of Random Processes

by A. V. Skhorokhod

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...


Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments

by Alfred S. Posamentier & Ingmar Lehmann

An innovative and appealing way for the layperson to develop math skills--while actually enjoying it

Most people agree that math is important, but few would say it's fun. This book will show you that the subject...


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...


Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers

by Joseph Mazur

While all of us regularly use basic math symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols weren’t available before the sixteenth century. What did mathematicians...


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...


Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us

by Oscar E. Fernandez

Calculus. For some of us, the word conjures up memories of ten-pound textbooks and visions of tedious abstract equations. And yet, in reality, calculus is fun, accessible, and surrounds us everywhere we go....


Trigonometry For Dummies

by Mary Jane Sterling

A plain-English guide to the basics of trig

Trigonometry deals with the relationship between the sides and angles of triangles... mostly right triangles. In practical use, trigonometry is a friend to astronomers...


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.