The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486482019
Release Date: 2012-01
Genre: Mathematics

Join Holmes and Watson as they examine interrupted games to deduce prior moves. A series of increasingly complex chess mysteries culminates in a double murder perpetrated by Professor Moriarty. The master sleuth instructs his companion (and us) in the intricacies of retrograde analysis; readers need only a knowledge of how the pieces move.

Mathematics and Chess

Author: Miodrag Petkovi?
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486294323
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Mathematics

99 puzzles built around the chessboard. Arithmetical and probability problems, chessboard recreations, geometrical puzzles, mathematical amusements and games, more. Solutions.

King Arthur in Search of His Dog and Other Curious Puzzles

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486474359
Release Date: 2010-04-21
Genre: Mathematics

This fanciful, original collection for readers of all ages features arithmetic puzzles, logic problems related to crime detection, and logic and arithmetic puzzles involving King Arthur and his Dogs of the Round Table.

The Magic Garden of George B and Other Logic Puzzles

Author: Raymond Smullyan
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9789814675079
Release Date: 2015-04-14
Genre: Mathematics

The author presents a bombshell puzzle so startling that it seems incredible that there could be any solution at all! But there is indeed a solution — moreover, one that requires a chain of lesser puzzles to be solved first. The reader is thus taken on a journey through a maze of subsidiary problems that has all the earmarks of an entertaining detective story. This book leads the unwary reader into deep logical waters through seductively entertaining logic puzzles. One example is Boolean algebra with such weird looking equations as 1+1=0 — a subject which today plays a vital role, not only in mathematical systems, but also in computer science and artificial intelligence. Contents:It's All a Question of Logic!:Puzzles or Monkey Tricks?Which Lady?Which Witch?Which Island?McGregor's Arithmetic TricksAsk Eldon WhiteAl, the ChemistSane or Mad?The Strange Case of McSnurdThe Knight-Knave DiseaseHuman or Android?Variable Lying and ParadoxThe Magic Garden:George's GardenSome Neighboring GardensThe Grand Problem Solved!Boolean Gardens and Variable LiarsPropositional Logic and Boolean GardensThe Boolean Theory of SetsBoolean Algebras in GeneralBoolean Gardens RevisitedAnother Grand ProblemGeorge Boole and Mathematical Logic Readership: General public who is interested in logic puzzles, researchers in boolean algebra. Key Features:Dr Smullyan is world renowned for his logic puzzles ... second to noneEverything within the book is developed from scratch. No background in the subject area is necessaryThe puzzles are interconnectedKeywords:Logic;Puzzles;Boolean Algebra

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Chess

Author: Jon Edwards
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470121327
Release Date: 2007-02-03
Genre: Games & Activities

Chess is a mental game, but you don't have to strain your brain to learn the basics—not with this guide that shows you how to play. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Chess covers how to set up the board, how each piece moves, opening strategies and variations, attacking themes and common sacrifices, and more. Photos of the board let you see strategies in action. For hands-on practice, you can even set up your board and make your moves as you learn. With this book and practice, you'll be saying "Checkmate" in no time. Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review Each move or tactic is clearly explained Explanations accompany each photo Color photos and diagrams show key positions, strategies, and moves Helpful tips provide additional guidance

The G delian Puzzle Book

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486315775
Release Date: 2013-08-21
Genre: Mathematics

These logic puzzles provide entertaining variations on Gödel's incompleteness theorems, offering ingenious challenges related to infinity, truth and provability, undecidability, and other concepts. No background in formal logic necessary.

Alice in Puzzle land

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486482002
Release Date: 2011-12
Genre: Mathematics

Characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass populate these 88 intriguing puzzles. Mathematician Raymond Smullyan re-creates the spirit of Lewis Carroll's writings in puzzles involving word play, logic and metalogic, and philosophical paradoxes. Challenges range from easy to difficult and include solutions, plus 60 charming illustrations. "An ingenious book." — Boston Globe.

The Lady Or the Tiger

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486470276
Release Date: 2009-04
Genre: Science

"Another scintillating collection of brilliant problems and paradoxes by the most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived." — Martin Gardner. Inspired by the classic tale of a prisoner's dilemma, these whimsically themed challenges involve paradoxes about probability, time, and change; metapuzzles; and self-referentiality. Nineteen chapters advance in difficulty from relatively simple to highly complex.

Chess for Tigers

Author: Simon Webb
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781849941594
Release Date: 2013-12-20
Genre: Games & Activities

One of the most influential books on chess ever published now in digital format. The Tiger is a vicious beast. He doesnt care about the aesthetic side of chess. He doesnt even care about making the best moves. All he cares about is winning. Do you want to win more games? Then become a Tiger. 'Chess for Tigers' tells you how to make the most of your playing strength, how to play upon your opponents weaknesses, how to steer the game into a position which suits you and not your opponent, how to get results against strong opposition and how to avoid silly mistakes. This is a cult classic that is as relevant to today's generation of chess players as the first edition was. Regularly voted in the top 10 best chess books of all time, this book should be read by all chess players, especially beginners who want to win at all costs. Author Information Mr Webb started to make an impact on the chess world in the 1960s. He learned the game at the age of seven and ten years later, in 1966, he was under-18 champion in Britain and fourth in the European junior Championship. He married and moved to Sweden in the 1970s and became one of the few correspondence chess Grand Masters. The first edition of Chess for Tigers was first published in 1978. The sad death of Simon Webb in March 2005 shocked the chess community.

The Tao Is Silent

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062281418
Release Date: 2013-03-05
Genre: Religion

The Tao Is Silent Is Raymond Smullyan's beguiling and whimsical guide to the meaning and value of eastern philosophy to westerners. "To me," Writes Smullyan, "Taoism means a state of inner serenity combined with an intense aesthetic awareness. Neither alone is adequate; a purely passive serenity is kind of dull, and an anxiety-ridden awareness is not very appealing." This is more than a book on Chinese philosophy. It is a series of ideas inspired by Taoism that treats a wide variety of subjects about life in general. Smullyan sees the Taoist as "one who is not so much in search of something he hasn't, but who is enjoying what he has." Readers will be charmed and inspired by this witty, sophisticated, yet deeply religious author, whether he is discussing gardening, dogs, the art of napping, or computers who dream that they're human.

To Mock a Mocking Bird

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307819796
Release Date: 2012-06-27
Genre: Games & Activities

In this entertaining and challenging new collection of logic puzzles, Raymond Smullyan—author of What Is the Name of This Book? And The Lady or the Tiger?—continues to delight and astonish us with his gift for making available, in the thoroughly pleasurable form of puzzles, some of the most important mathematical thinking of our time. In the first part of the book, he transports us once again to that wonderful realm where knights, knaves, twin sisters, quadruplet brothers, gods, demons, and mortals either always tell the truth or always lie, and where truth-seekers are set a variety of fascinating problems. The section culminates in an enchanting and profound metapuzzle (a puzzle about a puzzle), in which Inspector Craig of Scotland Yard gets involved in a search of the Fountain of Youth on the Island of Knights and Knaves. In the second and larger section, we accompany the Inspector on a summer-long adventure into the field of combinatory logic (a branch of logic that plays an important role in computer science and artificial intelligence). His adventure, which includes enchanted forests, talking birds, bird sociologists, and a classic quest, provides for us along the way the pleasure of solving puzzles of increasing complexity until we reach the Master Forest and—thanks to Gödel’s famous theorem—the final revelation. To Mock a Mockingbird will delight all puzzle lovers—the curious neophytes as well as the serious students of logic, mathematics, or computer science.

The Riddle of Scheherazade

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307819833
Release Date: 2012-08-22
Genre: Games & Activities

In his new book, Raymond Smullyan, grand vizier of the logic puzzle, joins Scheherazade, a charming young woman of “fantastic logical ingenuity,” to give us 1001 hours of brain-teasing fun. Scheherazade, we find, has gotten back into hot water with the king, and is once more in danger of losing her head at down. But, thinking quickly, she tempts the king to stay her execution by posing him the most delightfully devious mathematical and logic puzzle ever invented. They keep him guessing for many more nights until the fatal hour has passed, and she keeps her head. The Riddle of Scheherazade includes several wonderful old chestnuts and many fiendishly original puzzles, 225 in all. There are logic tricks and number games, metapuzzles (puzzles about puzzles), liar/truth-teller exercises, Gödelian brian twisters, baffling paradoxes, and an excursion, under Scheherazade’s expert guidance, into an amusing new field invented by Smullyan, called “coercive” logic, in which the answer to a problem can actually change the fate of the puzzler! An absolute must for all puzzle fans—from the middle-school whiz to the sophisticated mathematician or computer scientist.

What Is the Name of This Book

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486481980
Release Date: 2011-08
Genre: Games

Orig. pub.: New York: Simon & Schuster, c1978.

Crescendo of the Virtuoso

Author: Paul Metzner
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520206843
Release Date: 1998
Genre: History

During the Age of Revolution, Paris came alive with wildly popular virtuoso performances. Whether the performers were musicians or chefs, chess players or detectives, these virtuosos transformed their technical skills into dramatic spectacles, presenting the marvelous and the outr for spellbound audiences. Who these characters were, how they attained their fame, and why Paris became the focal point of their activities is the subject of Paul Metzner's absorbing study. Covering the years 1775 to 1850, Metzner describes the careers of a handful of virtuosos: chess masters who played several games at once; a chef who sculpted hundreds of four-foot-tall architectural fantasies in sugar; the first police detective, whose memoirs inspired the invention of the detective story; a violinist who played whole pieces on a single string. He examines these virtuosos as a group in the context of the society that was then the capital of Western civilization. During the Age of Revolution, Paris came alive with wildly popular virtuoso performances. Whether the performers were musicians or chefs, chess players or detectives, these virtuosos transformed their technical skills into dramatic spectacles, presenting the marvelous and the outr for spellbound audiences. Who these characters were, how they attained their fame, and why Paris became the focal point of their activities is the subject of Paul Metzner's absorbing study. Covering the years 1775 to 1850, Metzner describes the careers of a handful of virtuosos: chess masters who played several games at once; a chef who sculpted hundreds of four-foot-tall architectural fantasies in sugar; the first police detective, whose memoirs inspired the invention of the detective story; a violinist who played whole pieces on a single string. He examines these virtuosos as a group in the context of the society that was then the capital of Western civilization.

Belly Button Book

Author: Sandra Boynton
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 9780761137993
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Hippopotamuses celebrate their belly buttons.