2009;
325 pp;
Softcover

MSC: Primary 00; 97; 01; 05; 11; 51; 52;

Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-4814-2

Product Code: MBK/63

List Price: $38.00

Individual Member Price: $30.40

**Electronic ISBN: 978-1-4704-1599-0
Product Code: MBK/63.E**

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#### Supplemental Materials

# Famous Puzzles of Great Mathematicians

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*Miodrag S. Petković*

This entertaining book presents a collection
of 180 famous mathematical puzzles and intriguing elementary problems
that great mathematicians have posed, discussed, and/or solved. The
selected problems do not require advanced mathematics, making this
book accessible to a variety of readers.

Mathematical recreations offer a rich playground for both amateur and
professional mathematicians. Believing that creative stimuli and aesthetic
considerations are closely related, great mathematicians from ancient
times to the present have always taken an interest in puzzles and
diversions. The goal of this book is to show that famous mathematicians
have all communicated brilliant ideas, methodological approaches, and
absolute genius in mathematical thoughts by using recreational mathematics
as a framework. Concise biographies of many mathematicians mentioned in
the text are also included.

The majority of the mathematical problems presented in this book
originated in number theory, graph theory, optimization, and probability.
Others are based on combinatorial and chess problems, while still others
are geometrical and arithmetical puzzles.

This book is intended to be both entertaining as well as an introduction
to various intriguing mathematical topics and ideas. Certainly, many
stories and famous puzzles can be very useful to prepare classroom
lectures, to inspire and amuse students, and to instill affection for
mathematics.

#### Table of Contents

# Table of Contents

## Famous Puzzles of Great Mathematicians

- Cover Cover11 free
- Title page i2 free
- Contents v6 free
- Preface xiii14 free
- Art and photo credits xvii18 free
- Recreational mathematics 120 free
- Arithmetics 928
- Number theory 3756
- Geometry 6786
- Tiling and packing 119138
- Physics 151170
- Combinatorics 171190
- Probability 209228
- Graphs 229248
- Chess 257276
- Miscellany 283302
- Method of continued fractions for solving Pell’s equation 289308
- Biographies 299318
- Bibliography 311330
- Name index 319338
- Back Cover Back Cover1346

#### Readership

General readers and undergraduate students interested in puzzles and recreational mathematics.

#### Reviews

This book reminds us that puzzles are a big part of the history of mathematics.