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Tasty Japanese Morsels in Recreational Mathematics
 
Yoshiyuki Kotani Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Edited by: Toshihiro Kawamata Pamfor Paper and Pulp, Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
Andy Liu Edmonton, AB, Canada
George Sicherman Red Bank, NJ
Translated by Shinto Kai and Toshihiro Kawamata.
MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-7678-6
Product Code:  SPEC/105
List Price: $39.00
MAA Member Price: $29.25
AMS Member Price: $29.25
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-7764-6
Product Code:  SPEC/105.E
List Price: $33.00
MAA Member Price: $24.75
AMS Member Price: $24.75
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-7678-6
eBook: ISBN:  978-1-4704-7764-6
Product Code:  SPEC/105.B
List Price: $72.00 $55.50
MAA Member Price: $54.00 $41.63
AMS Member Price: $54.00 $41.63
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Tasty Japanese Morsels in Recreational Mathematics
Yoshiyuki Kotani Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Edited by: Toshihiro Kawamata Pamfor Paper and Pulp, Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
Andy Liu Edmonton, AB, Canada
George Sicherman Red Bank, NJ
Translated by Shinto Kai and Toshihiro Kawamata.
MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-7678-6
Product Code:  SPEC/105
List Price: $39.00
MAA Member Price: $29.25
AMS Member Price: $29.25
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-7764-6
Product Code:  SPEC/105.E
List Price: $33.00
MAA Member Price: $24.75
AMS Member Price: $24.75
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-7678-6
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-7764-6
Product Code:  SPEC/105.B
List Price: $72.00 $55.50
MAA Member Price: $54.00 $41.63
AMS Member Price: $54.00 $41.63
  • Book Details
     
     
    Spectrum
    Volume: 1052024; 261 pp
    MSC: Primary 00

    This book is a charming collection of puzzles created by Yoshiyuki Kotani, one of the founding members of the Academy of Recreational Mathematics, Japan. Kotani has selected some of his favorite puzzles from over 40 years of puzzle setting, most of which have never appeared in western literature. The distinctive culture of Japanese recreational mathematics is encapsulated in this volume from one of its leading architects.

    Beginning with a sampler of problems to whet the appetite, the reader is led through a three-course menu of combinatorial, arithmetic, and geometrical problems. Highlights include the Wagashi Combo, a puzzle devised during Kotani's youth, where the reader has to combine two plane figures to construct a new shape in two distinct ways. Everything is tied together with a playful narrative of a Japanese restaurant, adding fun and humor to the challenge. The book ends with a miscellany of problems that expand on the ideas from earlier chapters.

    Suitable for anyone with an interest in recreational mathematics, the puzzles in this book require no formal mathematical training. Novice and experienced solvers alike will delight in this original and delicious offering of Japanese puzzles.

    Readership

    Undergraduate and graduate students and researchers interested in recreational mathematics/puzzles.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Appetizer / Scallop / Starter puzzles
    • A miscellany of puzzles
    • First course / Crab / Combinatorial puzzles
    • Combinatorial configurations
    • Chess puzzles
    • Information processing
    • Second course / Abalone / Arithmetical puzzles
    • Numerical configurations
    • Digital puzzles
    • Optimization puzzles
    • Third course / Lobster / Linear, planar & spatial puzzles
    • Polyomino puzzles
    • Dissection puzzles
    • Spatial & linear puzzles
    • Soup / Oyster / Other puzzles
    • The International Seafood Festival
    • Dessert / Prawn / Petite puzzles
    • Another miscellany of puzzles
  • Additional Material
     
     
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Volume: 1052024; 261 pp
MSC: Primary 00

This book is a charming collection of puzzles created by Yoshiyuki Kotani, one of the founding members of the Academy of Recreational Mathematics, Japan. Kotani has selected some of his favorite puzzles from over 40 years of puzzle setting, most of which have never appeared in western literature. The distinctive culture of Japanese recreational mathematics is encapsulated in this volume from one of its leading architects.

Beginning with a sampler of problems to whet the appetite, the reader is led through a three-course menu of combinatorial, arithmetic, and geometrical problems. Highlights include the Wagashi Combo, a puzzle devised during Kotani's youth, where the reader has to combine two plane figures to construct a new shape in two distinct ways. Everything is tied together with a playful narrative of a Japanese restaurant, adding fun and humor to the challenge. The book ends with a miscellany of problems that expand on the ideas from earlier chapters.

Suitable for anyone with an interest in recreational mathematics, the puzzles in this book require no formal mathematical training. Novice and experienced solvers alike will delight in this original and delicious offering of Japanese puzzles.

Readership

Undergraduate and graduate students and researchers interested in recreational mathematics/puzzles.

  • Appetizer / Scallop / Starter puzzles
  • A miscellany of puzzles
  • First course / Crab / Combinatorial puzzles
  • Combinatorial configurations
  • Chess puzzles
  • Information processing
  • Second course / Abalone / Arithmetical puzzles
  • Numerical configurations
  • Digital puzzles
  • Optimization puzzles
  • Third course / Lobster / Linear, planar & spatial puzzles
  • Polyomino puzzles
  • Dissection puzzles
  • Spatial & linear puzzles
  • Soup / Oyster / Other puzzles
  • The International Seafood Festival
  • Dessert / Prawn / Petite puzzles
  • Another miscellany of puzzles
Review Copy – for publishers of book reviews
Accessibility – to request an alternate format of an AMS title
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