The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations (Dover Recreational Math)

The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations (Dover Recreational Math) Author Boris A. Kordemsky
ISBN-10 0486270785
ISBN-13 9780486270784
Year 1992-04-10
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Dover Publications
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This is quite simply the best and most popular puzzle book ever published in the Soviet Union Since its first appearance in 1956 there have been eight editions as well as translations from the original Russian into Ukrainian Estonian Lettish and Lithuanian Almost a million copies of the Russian version alone have been sold Part of the reason for the book s success is its marvelously varied assortment of brainteasers ranging from simple catch riddles to difficult problems none however requiring advanced mathematics Many of the puzzles will be new to Western readers while some familiar problems have been clothed in new forms Often the puzzles are presented in the form of charming stories that provide non Russian readers with valuable insights into contemporary Russian life and customs In addition Martin Gardner former editor of the Mathematical Games Department Scientific American has clarified and simplified the book to make it as easy as possible for an English reading public to understand and enjoy He has been careful moreover to retain nearly all the freshness warmth and humor of the original Lavishly illustrated with over 400 clear diagrams and amusing sketches this inexpensive edition of the first English translation will offer weeks or even months of stimulating entertainment It belongs in the library of every puzzlist or lover of recreational mathematics

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