Tangrams

Author: Ronald C. Read
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486214832
Release Date: 1965-06-01
Genre: Games

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.

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.”

Configuration Management

Author: Jon M. Quigley
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781482229363
Release Date: 2015-04-16
Genre: Computers

Configuration Management: Theory, Practice, and Application details a comprehensive approach to configuration management from a variety of product development perspectives, including embedded and IT. It provides authoritative advice on how to extend products for a variety of markets due to configuration options. The book also describes the importance of configuration management to other parts of the organization. It supplies an overview of configuration management and its process elements to provide readers with a contextual understanding of the theory, practice, and application of CM. Explaining what a configuration item is and what it implies, the book illustrates the interplay of configuration and data management with all enterprise resources during each phase of a product lifecycle. It also demonstrates the interrelationship of CM to functional resources. Shedding light on current practice, the book describes CM baselines, configuration identification, management baseline changes, and acceptance criteria for end products. It also considers testing, inspection and evaluation, related CM standards, and reference data. Coverage includes the product life cycle, the supporting enterprise infrastructure, functional resources, product management, CM elements, data types, and control requirements. Providing a systems perspective of the various elements of configuration and data management, the book explains how they relate to the enterprise and details proven risk management solutions for when things go wrong.

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.

The Book on Games of Chance

Author: Cardano, Gerolamo
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 9780486797939
Release Date: 2015-12-16
Genre: Games

Mathematics was only one area of interest for Gerolamo Cardano ― the sixteenth-century astrologer, philosopher, and physician was also a prolific author and inveterate gambler. Gambling led Cardano to the study of probability, and he was the first writer to recognize that random events are governed by mathematical laws. Published posthumously in 1663, Cardano's Liber de ludo aleae (Book on Games of Chance) is often considered the major starting point of the study of mathematical probability. The Italian scholar formulated some of the field's basic ideas more than a century before the better-known correspondence of Pascal and Fermat. Although his book had no direct influence on other early thinkers about probability, it remains an important antecedent to later expressions of the science's tenets.

The Godelian Puzzle Book

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486497051
Release Date: 2013-09-19
Genre: Mathematics

These recreational logic puzzles provide entertaining variations on Gödel's incompleteness theorems, offering ingenious challenges related to infinity, truth and provability, undecidability, and other concepts. Written by a distinguished mathematician and creator of numerous popular puzzle books, this volume requires no background in formal logic and will delight readers of all ages.

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

Wenn der Schl fer erwacht illustriert

Author: H. G. Wells
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 9783743118157
Release Date: 2017-08-29
Genre: Fiction

Eines Nachmittags ging Mr. Isbister, ein junger Künstler, der in Boscastle wohnte, zur Ebbezeit von diesem Ort nach der malerischen Bucht von Pentargen, weil er die Höhlen dort zu untersuchen wünschte. Halbwegs den steilen Pfad zum Strand von Pentargen hinunter traf er plötzlich auf einen Menschen, der in der Stellung tiefen Grames unter einer vorspringenden Felsmasse saß. Die Hände hingen diesem jungen Mann schlaff herab, seine Augen waren rot, er starrte vor sich hin, und sein Gesicht war von Tränen naß. Bei dem Geräusch von Isbisters Schritten blickte er sich um. Beide Männer waren aus der Fassung gebracht, Isbister am meisten, und um die Verlegenheit seiner unwillkürlichen Pause zu überwinden, bemerkte er mit einer Miene reifer Überzeugung, das Wetter sei heiß für die Jahreszeit. "Sehr", antwortete der Fremde kurz, zögerte eine Sekunde und fügte in farblosem Tone hinzu: "Ich kann nicht schlafen." Isbister blieb abrupt stehen. "Nein?" war alles, was er sagte, aber seine Haltung verriet seinen hilfreichen Impuls. "Es mag unglaublich klingen", sagte der Fremde, indem er müde Augen auf Isbisters Gesicht wandte und seinen Worten mit einer schlaffen Hand Nachdruck lieh, "aber ich habe keinen Schlaf, überhaupt keinen Schlaf, schon seit sechs Nächten." "Rat eingeholt?" "Ja. Schlechten Rat zum größten Teil. Medizinen. Mein Nervensystem ... Sie sind für die meisten Leute ja recht schön und gut. Es ist schwer zu erklären. Ich wage nicht ... genügend starke Dosen zu nehmen." "Das macht es schwierig", sagte Isbister. Er stand hilflos auf dem engen Pfad, in Verlegenheit, was er tun sollte. Offenbar wollte der Fremde reden. Ein unter den Umständen ziemlich natürlicher Gedanke trieb ihn, das Gespräch in Gang zu halten. "Ich selber habe nie unter Schlaflosigkeit gelitten", sagte er im Ton der Alltagsplauderei, "aber in den Fällen, die ich gekannt habe, haben die Leute gewöhnlich etwas gefunden ..." "Ich wage nicht zu experimentieren." Er sprach müde. Er machte eine Geste der Abweisung, und eine Zeitlang waren beide Männer still. "Bewegung?" regte Isbister ohne Vertrauen an, indem er von des anderen elendem Gesicht auf den Touristenanzug blickte, den er trug. "Das habe ich versucht. Unklugerweise, vielleicht. Ich bin Tag für Tag der Küste gefolgt - von New Quai her. Das hat zu der geistigen Ermüdung nur die der Muskeln hinzugefügt. Die Ursache dieser Unrast war Überarbeitung - Aufregung. Ich hatte etwas ..." Er hielt wie vor bloßer Ermüdung inne. Er rieb sich mit ...

Geometrie f r Dummies

Author: Wendy Arnone
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9783527657148
Release Date: 2013-01-14
Genre: Mathematics

Dreiecke, Rechtecke, Quader; alles schon einmal geh?rt. Aber wie rechnet man noch einmal ihre Fl?cheninhalte aus? Wie kommt man noch einmal auf die Winkelhalbierenden und wo schneiden sie sich? Es ist ganz einfach. Versprochen. Man muss nur wissen, wann welche Rechnung wo die richtige ist. ?Geometrie f?r Dummies? erkl?rt den Lesern, wie sie zu den richtigen Ergebnissen kommen, wie sie die Geometrie beherrschen und nicht die Geometrie sie. Das Buch nimmt dieser Disziplin der Mathematik auf nette Art den Schrecken.