Games and Mathematics

Games and Mathematics

Subtle Connections

Book - 2012
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"The appeal of games and puzzles is timeless and universal. In this unique book, David Wells explores the fascinating connections between games and mathematics, proving that mathematics is not just about tedious calculation but imagination, insight and intuition. The first part of the book introduces games, puzzles and mathematical recreations, including the Tower of Hanoi, knight tours on a chessboard, Nine Men's Morris and more. The second part explains how thinking about playing games can mirror the thinking of a mathematician, using scientific investigation, tactics and strategy, and sharp observation. Finally the author considers game-like features found in a wide range of human behaviours, illuminating the role of mathematics and helping to explain why it exists at all. This thought-provoking book is perfect for anyone with a thirst for mathematics and its hidden beauty; a good high school grounding in mathematics is all the background that's required, and the puzzles and games will suit pupils from 14 years"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781107024601
1107024609
9781107690912
1107690919
Branch Call Number: 510 W4623G 2012
Characteristics: x, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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