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Problem Solving Through Recreational…

Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics (Dover Books on… (edition 1999)

by Bonnie Averbach (Author)

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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.… (more)
Title:Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics (Dover Books on Mathematics)
Authors:Bonnie Averbach (Author)
Info:Dover Publications (1999), 480 pages
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Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics is a collection of puzzles and other mathematical problems that are solved using things like Graph Theory and other math techniques. The book contains illustrations and appears to be geared toward a younger audience, but that is only because the illustrations are cartoons of a Sherlock Holmes caricature. I have heard a lot of the theorems and ideas in this book, but that is only because I am familiar with a lot of different ideas and methods.

The book has nine chapters, all of which utilize recreational math for examples and ideas. So you might find the Cabbage-Wolf-Goat problem in one part and the Utility Network problem in another. One chapter might have no math at all, merely logic, while another is a substitution cipher. It’s a fun little jaunt through a few different fields. Two of the chapters are devoted to Games and optimal strategies to play them, and the final section is devoted to Appendices that talk about Algebraic Methods and Probability and other things.

The book is really enjoyable, and the mathematics isn’t insurmountable. Therefore, this book is well-deserving of this five-star rating. ( )
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