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: Chris Crawford
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release Date: 2002
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.
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.
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.