A contributed volume of essays showing the ingenuity and possibility of recreational mathematics.
Note: This is a simultaneous release. Cloth edition: $125.00, ISBN 9780691182575.
The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects
Volume 3: The Magic of Mathematics
Ed. by Beineke, Jennifer / Rosenhouse, Jason
Aims and Scope
The history of mathematics is replete with examples of major breakthroughs resulting from the solutions to recreational problems. The modern theory of probability arose out of problems of concern to gamblers, for example, and modern combinatorics grew out of various games and puzzles. Despite this track record and a wealth of popular-level books, research in recreational mathematics has often been neglected. The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects remedies this situation and returns with an all-new third volume, presenting further research into diverse areas of recreational mathematics.
This third volume focuses on four areas: puzzles and brainteasers, games, algebra and number theory, and geometry and topology. Among the many topics, readers will create Spiral Galaxies (Japanese symmetric grid puzzles consisting of squares and circles) whose solutions are letters and numbers, delve into a paradox in the game of Bingo, examine the card tricks of mathematician-philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce, and learn about the mathematics behind Legos.
Elucidating the many connections between mathematics and games, The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects is sure to challenge and inspire mathematicians and math enthusiasts.
- 352 pages
- 85 color + 71 b/w illus.
- PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
- General/trade;Professional and scholarly;College/higher education;
"The material on puzzles was consistently excellent, in topic and exposition. I was struck by the uniformly high level of writing and puzzle fans will find lots of stimulating, even inspirational, reading."—Paul Nahin, author of How to Fall Slower Than Gravity
"This book represents a rapidly expanding research area in the mathematics of games. The volume serves as a convincing indication that this research is likely to be extraordinarily fertile, and full of adaptive questions and versatile problems that can be studied from multiple perspectives."—Mircea Pitici, editor of The Best Writing on Mathematics