Author: Sam Loyd
Publisher: Dover Publications
Release Date: 2007-06-01
The original "Chinese puzzle," the challenge of the tangram lies in your ability to arrange seven geometrical pieces—a square, a rhomboid, and five triangles—into a variety of different shapes. Collected by America's great puzzle expert, here are 700 endlessly absorbing tangrams offering hours of mind-expanding amusement. Sam Loyd's Book of Tangrams is also a tribute to this tricky but intriguing puzzle. In a famous and delightful spoof of the tangram's history, Loyd includes running commentary on the popular puzzle's origins in ancient China, its religious significance, and its relation to the Pythagorean theorem. But don't let the amusing dialogue fool you! The puzzles are genuine challenges. If you've ever tried your hand at tangrams before, you're probably already addicted to their limitless possibilities. If you haven't, this classic puzzle potpourri will have you hooked in no time! Solutions are included.
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.
Author: Jerry Slocum
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
Release Date: 2003
This first truly authoritative, lavishly photographed history of Tangrams—with more than 2,000 puzzles—reveals the beauty of this ancient Chinese pastime. “A fascinating historical summary, well illustrated with color facsimile pages and photographs of antique tangram sets...Puzzle enthusiasts will love this book on a little-known topic. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal.
Author: Robert A. Nowlan
Release Date: 2017-05-13
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.”
Author: Dianne De las Casas
Publisher: Teacher Ideas Press(NH)
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Targeted for elementary teachers, drama teachers, and teaching artists, Tangram Tales contains adapted tales from around the world appropriate for grades 2 through 6. Folktales are illustrated with tangrams. Teachers can tell these stories in the classroom as part of a math unit or have the students perform the stories. A reproducible tangram pattern is provided. In the author's tangram story theater process, students use tangrams to illustrate adapted world folktales. Using the provided scripts, students perform stories using tangrams. Students are given roles as storytellers, tangram artists, and chorus members. The class' story is then presented in grade-level story presentations. Grades 2-6.
Opening this lie-flat hardcover is like unlocking a treasure chest filled with hundreds of fun puzzles. Solve the mysterious Tangram: a square divided into seven shapes that can be rearranged in hundreds of figures and forms. Use the seven high-quality wooden pieces that are packaged inside this book.
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.
Author: Stanley J. Farlow
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 2014-04-23
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.
Author: H. E. Dudeney
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 2002-10-01
This book includes 110 puzzles, not as individual problems but as incidents in connected stories. The first 31 are amusingly posed by pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Additional puzzles are presented using different characters. Many require only the ability to exercise logical or visual skills; others offer a stimulating challenge to the mathematically advanced.