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Document Type: | Book |
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All Authors / Contributors: |
Jennifer Elaine Beineke; Jason Rosenhouse; National Museum of Mathematics. |

ISBN: | 9780691164038 0691164037 9780691171920 0691171920 |

OCLC Number: | 1001793729 |

Description: | volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm |

Contents: | [v. 1]. Research in recreational math / with a foreword by Raymond Smullyan -- v. 2. Research in games, graphs, counting, and complexity / with a foreword by Ron Graham [Vol. 1.] Part I. Vignettes. Should you be happy? / Peter Winkler ; One-move puzzles with mathematical content / Anany Levitin ; Minimalist approaches to figurative maze design / Robert Bosch, Tim Chartier, and Michael Rowan ; Some ABCs of graphs and games / Jennifer Beineke and Lowell Beineke ; Part II. Problems Inspired by Classic Puzzles. Solving the Tower of Hanoi with random moves / Max A. Alekseyev and Toby Berger ; Groups associated to Tetraflexagons / Julie Beier and Carolyn Yackel ; Parallel weighings of coins / Tanya Khovanova ; Analysis of crossword puzzle difficulty using a random graph process / John K. McSweeney ; From the outside in : solving generalizations of the Slothouber-Graatsma-Conway puzzle / Derek Smith ; Part III. Playing Cards. Gallia Est Omnis Divisa in Partes Quattuor / Neil Calkin and Colm Mulcahy ; Heartless poker / Dominic Lanphier and Laura Taalman ; An introduction to Gilbreath numbers / Robert W. Vallin ; Part IV. Games. Tic-tac-toe on affine planes / Maureen T. Carroll and Steven T. Dougherty ; Error detection and correction using SET® / Gary Gordon and Elizabeth McMahon ; Connection games and Sperner's Lemma / David Molnar ; Part V. Fibonacci Numbers. The Cookie Monster problem / Leigh Marie Braswell and Tanya Khovanova ; Representing numbers using Fibonacci variants / Stephen K. Lucas. Vol. 2. Part I. Puzzles and brainteasers. The cyclic prisoners / Peter Winkler ; Dragons and Kasha / Tanya Khovanova ; The history and future of logic puzzles / Jason Rosenhouse ; The tower of Hanoi for humans / Paul K. Stockmeyer ; Frenicle's 800 magic squares / John Conway, Simon Norton, and Alex Ryba -- Part II. Geometry and topology. A triangle has eight vertices but only one center / Richard K. Guy ; Enumeration of solutions to Gardner's paper cutting and folding problem / Jill Bigley Dunham and Gwyneth R. Whieldon ; The color cubes puzzle with two and three colors / Ethan Berkove, David Cervantes-Nava, Daniel Condon, Andrew Eickemeyer, Rachel Katz, and Michael J. Schulman ; Tangled tangles / Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, Adam Hesterberg, Quanauan Liu, Ron Taylor, and Ryuhei Uehara -- Part III. Graph theory. Making walks count : from silent circles to Hamiltonian cycles / Max A. Alekseyev and Gérard P. Michon ; Duels, truels, gruels, and survival of the unfittest / Dominic Lanphier ; Trees, trees, so many trees / Allen J. Schwenk ; Crossing numbers of complete graphs / Noam D. Elkies -- Part IV. Games of chance. Numerically balanced dice / Robert Bosch, Robert Fathauer, and Henry Segerman ; A TROUBLE-some simulation / Geoffrey D. Dietz ; A sequence game on a Roulette wheel / Robert W. Vallin -- Part V. Computational complexity. Multinational war is hard / Jonathan Ward ; Clickomania is hard, even with two colors and columns / Aviv Adler Erik D. Demaine, Adam Hesterberg, Quanquan Liu, and MIkhail Rudoy ; Computational complexity of arranging music / Erik D. Demaine and William S. Moses. |

Other Titles: | Research in recreational math. Research in games, graphs, counting, and complexity. |

Responsibility: | edited by Jennifer Beineke & Jason Rosenhouse. |

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## Reviews

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"The editors once again have brought together an extraordinary list of authors to produce nineteen engaging papers, split into five groups: puzzles and brainteasers, geometry and topology, graph theory, games of chance, and computational complexity. . . . It is often deeply challenging mathematically and, as a result, all the more fun. Each reader will find chapters that appeal to them."--MAA Reviews "In the second volume of this engaging series, Beineke . . . and Rosenhouse . . . deliver another fantastic collection of essays dealing with popular mathematics. . . . Anyone who enjoys reading about recreational mathematics will find plenty to enjoy and discover in this second volume."--Choice "[This book] is beautiful in that just about every problem could be explained to anybody with almost no mathematics background at all, but the methods of solving them take you deeply into many complex areas of mathematics. The books gathers together problems which pop up through what one might consider 'silly' or 'frivolous' questions, but which lead to new ways of thinking and have applications in enormously wide-ranging areas of mathematics."---Jonathan Shock, Mathemafrica "As enticing as a Rubik's Cube, this rigorous and inviting book is a treat to the eyes and mind. The list of contributors is an all-star lineup ready to welcome you into their mathematical rec rooms. Pull up a chair and grab a friend, it's time to be entertained with various mathematical subjects."--Tim Chartier, author of Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing "The fascinating essays in this collection are written by top scholars who employ diverse mathematical and computational techniques to find surprising answers to intriguing questions. With a nice balance of context and background information, new results, and surveys of known and related results, this book will be useful to a wide array of mathematicians and readers interested in recreational mathematics."--David Richeson, author of Euler's Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology "Recreational math is an important branch of mathematics. The contributions in The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects are of a very high quality and almost all contain new results."--Anany Levitin, coauthor of Algorithmic Puzzles "Every essay in this collection can be appreciated by math enthusiasts of all levels, from high school students to research mathematicians. With work from leading mathematicians such as John Conway, Richard Guy, Bob Bosch, Peter Winkler, Tanya Khovanova, and Erik Demaine, what's not to love?"--Arthur Benjamin, author of The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring out Why Read more...

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