Tangrams

Author: Ronald C. Read
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 9780486801292
Release Date: 2014-12-08
Genre: Games & Activities

This collection gathers together nearly 330 tangrams, the best creations of both Chinese and Occidental puzzle devisers. Puzzles range from the relatively easy to the difficult.

Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics

Author: Bonnie Averbach
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486409177
Release Date: 1980
Genre: Mathematics

Many of the most important mathematical concepts were developed from recreational problems. This book uses problems, puzzles, and games to teach students how to think critically. It emphasizes active participation in problem solving, with emphasis on logic, number and graph theory, games of strategy, and much more. Includes answers to selected problems. Index. 1980 edition.

Masters of Mathematics

Author: Robert A. Nowlan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789463008938
Release Date: 2017-05-13
Genre: Education

The original title for this work was “Mathematical Literacy, What Is It and Why You Need it”. The current title reflects that there can be no real learning in any subject, unless questions of who, what, when, where, why and how are raised in the minds of the learners. The book is not a mathematical text, and there are no assigned exercises or exams. It is written for reasonably intelligent and curious individuals, both those who value mathematics, aware of its many important applications and others who have been inappropriately exposed to mathematics, leading to indifference to the subject, fear and even loathing. These feelings are all consequences of meaningless presentations, drill, rote learning and being lost as the purpose of what is being studied. Mathematics education needs a radical reform. There is more than one way to accomplish this. Here the author presents his approach of wrapping mathematical ideas in a story. To learn one first must develop an interest in a problem and the curiosity to find how masters of mathematics have solved them. What is necessary to be mathematically literate? It’s not about solving algebraic equations or even making a geometric proof. These are valuable skills but not evidence of literacy. We often seek answers but learning to ask pertinent questions is the road to mathematical literacy. Here is the good news: new mathematical ideas have a way of finding applications. This is known as “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics.”

Figures for Fun

Author: Yakov Perelman
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 9780486803456
Release Date: 2015-03-02
Genre: Mathematics

"Does your brain need a workout? Are you wondering what to do? Well this could be the book for you! This is a great book for anyone who is looking for a challenge and, if you get too stuck, the author kindly also provided the answers at the end of each chapter!" — Splashes Into Books Give your mind a playful workout with this collection of more than 100 inventive puzzles. Finding the solutions requires only minimal mathematical knowledge and will test your imagination as well as your brainpower. The motley collection ranges from conundrums and mathematical stunts to practical situations involving counting and measuring. Chess problems, magic squares, and a host of other intriguing scenarios will amuse and challenge puzzle enthusiasts and fans of recreational mathematics. Answers appear at the end of each chapter. These puzzles are the inventions of a gifted Soviet mathematician, Yakov Perelman, whose popular science books on astronomy, physics, and mathematics inspired generations of readers. Perelman's distinctive style, abounding in wit and ingenuity, adds a special flair to his timeless riddles and brainteasers.

Paradoxes in Mathematics

Author: Stanley J. Farlow
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486497167
Release Date: 2014-04-23
Genre: Mathematics

Compiled by a prominent educator and author, this volume presents an intriguing mix of mathematical paradoxes — phenomena with surprising outcomes that can be resolved mathematically. Students and puzzle enthusiasts will get plenty of enjoyment mixed with a bit of painless mathematical instruction from 30 conundrums, including The Birthday Paradox, Aristotle's Magic Wheel, and A Greek Tragedy.

Lost in the Amazon

Author: Jan Sovak
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486482309
Release Date: 2011-12
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Teeming with anacondas, jaguars, toucans, and tarantulas, this activity/coloring book takes kids on an Amazon adventure with lots of learning along the way. Color the realistic illustrations of plants and animals before or after seeking out the hidden pictures. Fact-filled captions offer fascinating details about rainforest ecology. Includes solutions.

Ancient Puzzles

Author: Dominic Olivastro
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: CORNELL:31924067029268
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Games

Offers a popular history of mathematics focusing on puzzles that civilizations throughout history have posed for education and entertainment

5000 Jahre Geometrie

Author: Christoph J. Scriba
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783662045008
Release Date: 2013-07-02
Genre: Mathematics

Lange bevor die Schrift entwickelt wurde, hat der Mensch geometrische Strukturen wahrgenommen und systematisch verwendet: ob beim Weben oder Flechten einfacher zweidimensionaler Muster oder beim Bauen mit dreidimensionalen Körpern. Das Buch liefert einen faszinierenden Überblick über die geometrischen Vorstellungen und Erkenntnisse der Menschheit von der Urgesellschaft bis hin zu den mathematischen und künstlerischen Ideen des 20. Jahrhunderts.