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Book DetailsSpectrumVolume: 11; 1994; 367 pp
In August of 1986, a special conference on recreational mathematics was held at the University of Calgary to celebrate the founding of the Strens Collection. Leading practitioners of recreational mathematics from around the world gathered in Calgary to share with each other the joy and spirit of play that is to be found in recreational mathematics. It would be difficult to find a better collection of wonderful articles on recreational mathematics by a more distinguished group of authors. If you are interested in tessellations, Escher, tilings, Rubik's cube, pentominoes, games, puzzles, the arbelos, Henry Dudeney, or change ringing, then this book is for you.

Table of Contents

Articles

The Strens Collection

Eugène Louis Charles Marie Strens

Part 1. Tiling & Coloring

H. S. M. Coxeter and J. F. Rigby — Frieze Patterns, Triangulated Polygons and Dichromatic Symmetry

J. A. Eidswick — Is Engel’s Enigma a Cubelike Puzzle?

Branko Grünbaum — Metamorphoses of Polygons

Douglas M. McKenna — SquaRecurves, ETours, Eddies, and Frenzies: Basic Families of Peano Curves on the Square Grid

John F. Rigby — Fun with Tessellations

D. Schattschneider — Escher: A Mathematician in Spite of Himself

Athelstan Spilhaus — Escheresch

Daniel Ullman — The Road Coloring Problem

Stan Wagon — Fourteen Proofs of a Result About Tiling a Rectangle

J. B. Wilker — Tiling $R^3$ with Circles and Disks

Part 2. Games & Puzzles

Elwyn Berlekamp — Introduction to Blockbusting and Domineering

Curtis N. Cooper and Robert E. Kennedy — A Generating Function for the Distribution of the Scores of all Possible Bowling Ganes

Curtis N. Cooper and Robert E. Kennedy — Is the Mean Bowling Score Awful?

Aviezri S. Fraenkel — Recreation and Depth in Combinatorial Games

Recreational Games Displays

Aviezri S. Fraenkel — Combinatorial Games

Kathy Jones — Combinatorial Toys

Mogens Esrom Larsen — Rubik’s Cube—application or illumination of group theory?

Andy Liu — Golomb’s Twelve Pentomino Problems

Jim Propp — A New TakeAway Game

Michael Stueben — Confessions of a Puzzlesmith

Jerry Slocum — Puzzles Old & New: Some Historical Notes

Part 3. People & Pursuits

Leon Bankoff — The Marvelous Arbelos

I. Z. Bouwer and W. W. Chernoff — Cluster Pairs of an $n$Dimensional Cube of Edge Length Two

Kenneth J. Falconer — The Ancient English Art of Change Ringing

Richard K. Guy — The Strong Law of Small Numbers

Heiko Harborth — Match Sticks in the Plane

Mogens Esrom Larsen — Misunderstanding My Mazy Mazes May Make Me Miserable

Angela Newing — Henry Ernest Dudeney: Britain’s Greatest Puzzlist

Victor Pambuccian — From Recreational to Foundational Mathematics

Lee C. F. Sallows — Alphamagic Squares

Lee C. F. Sallows — Alphamagic Squares: Part II

David Singmaster — The Utility of Recreational Mathematics

Jordan Stoyanov — The Development of Recreational Mathematics in Bulgaria

Herbert Taylor — $VE+F=2$

Samuel Yates — Tracking Titanics


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This volume is one of the best I have ever read in the genre of recreational mathematics...the contributions to this collection...form a wonderful volume, which I wholeheartedly recommend to all enthusiasts of mathematics in general, and recreational mathematics in particular.
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In August of 1986, a special conference on recreational mathematics was held at the University of Calgary to celebrate the founding of the Strens Collection. Leading practitioners of recreational mathematics from around the world gathered in Calgary to share with each other the joy and spirit of play that is to be found in recreational mathematics. It would be difficult to find a better collection of wonderful articles on recreational mathematics by a more distinguished group of authors. If you are interested in tessellations, Escher, tilings, Rubik's cube, pentominoes, games, puzzles, the arbelos, Henry Dudeney, or change ringing, then this book is for you.

Articles

The Strens Collection

Eugène Louis Charles Marie Strens

Part 1. Tiling & Coloring

H. S. M. Coxeter and J. F. Rigby — Frieze Patterns, Triangulated Polygons and Dichromatic Symmetry

J. A. Eidswick — Is Engel’s Enigma a Cubelike Puzzle?

Branko Grünbaum — Metamorphoses of Polygons

Douglas M. McKenna — SquaRecurves, ETours, Eddies, and Frenzies: Basic Families of Peano Curves on the Square Grid

John F. Rigby — Fun with Tessellations

D. Schattschneider — Escher: A Mathematician in Spite of Himself

Athelstan Spilhaus — Escheresch

Daniel Ullman — The Road Coloring Problem

Stan Wagon — Fourteen Proofs of a Result About Tiling a Rectangle

J. B. Wilker — Tiling $R^3$ with Circles and Disks

Part 2. Games & Puzzles

Elwyn Berlekamp — Introduction to Blockbusting and Domineering

Curtis N. Cooper and Robert E. Kennedy — A Generating Function for the Distribution of the Scores of all Possible Bowling Ganes

Curtis N. Cooper and Robert E. Kennedy — Is the Mean Bowling Score Awful?

Aviezri S. Fraenkel — Recreation and Depth in Combinatorial Games

Recreational Games Displays

Aviezri S. Fraenkel — Combinatorial Games

Kathy Jones — Combinatorial Toys

Mogens Esrom Larsen — Rubik’s Cube—application or illumination of group theory?

Andy Liu — Golomb’s Twelve Pentomino Problems

Jim Propp — A New TakeAway Game

Michael Stueben — Confessions of a Puzzlesmith

Jerry Slocum — Puzzles Old & New: Some Historical Notes

Part 3. People & Pursuits

Leon Bankoff — The Marvelous Arbelos

I. Z. Bouwer and W. W. Chernoff — Cluster Pairs of an $n$Dimensional Cube of Edge Length Two

Kenneth J. Falconer — The Ancient English Art of Change Ringing

Richard K. Guy — The Strong Law of Small Numbers

Heiko Harborth — Match Sticks in the Plane

Mogens Esrom Larsen — Misunderstanding My Mazy Mazes May Make Me Miserable

Angela Newing — Henry Ernest Dudeney: Britain’s Greatest Puzzlist

Victor Pambuccian — From Recreational to Foundational Mathematics

Lee C. F. Sallows — Alphamagic Squares

Lee C. F. Sallows — Alphamagic Squares: Part II

David Singmaster — The Utility of Recreational Mathematics

Jordan Stoyanov — The Development of Recreational Mathematics in Bulgaria

Herbert Taylor — $VE+F=2$

Samuel Yates — Tracking Titanics

This volume is one of the best I have ever read in the genre of recreational mathematics...the contributions to this collection...form a wonderful volume, which I wholeheartedly recommend to all enthusiasts of mathematics in general, and recreational mathematics in particular.
Mathematical Reviews