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Adventures in group theory : Rubik's Cube, Merlin's machine, and other mathematical toys

Author: David Joyner
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher's description: Group theory deals with symmetry, in the most abstract form possible. It is a core part of the undergraduate math curriculum, and forms part of the training of theoretical physicists and chemical crystallographers. Group theory has tended to be very dry--until now. David Joyner uses mathematical toys (primarily the Rubik's Cube and its more modern cousins, the Megaminx, the Pyraminx, and so  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Puzzles and games
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Joyner
ISBN: 0801869455 9780801869457 0801869471 9780801869471
OCLC Number: 48013200
Description: xv, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Elementary my dear Watson --
'And you do addition?' --
Bell ringing and other permutations --
Procession of permutation puzzles --
What's commutative and purple? --
Welcome to the machine --
'God's algorithm' and graphs --
Symmetry and the Platonic solids --
Illegal cube group --
Words which move --
(Legal) Rubik's Cube group --
Squares, two-faces, and other subgroups --
Other Rubik-like puzzle groups --
Crossing the Rubicon --
Some solution strategies --
Coda : questions and other directions.
Responsibility: David Joyner.
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" "Adventures in Group Theory" is a tour through the algebra of several 'permutation puzzles'... If you like puzzles, this is a somewhat fun book. If you like algebra, this is a fun book. If you like Read more...

 
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