Puzzle Ninja

Pit Your Wits Against the Japanese Puzzle Masters

Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9781452171050

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 288

View: 9537


In his travels to Japan, author Alex Bellos set out to uncover the world's brightest puzzle inventors, puzzle masters, and origami experts so he could bring a new batch of logic puzzles for anyone hankering for something beyond Sudoku. In Puzzle Ninja he presents more than 200 puzzles to solve—rated easy to excruciating—including 20 new types of original, hand-crafted puzzles, like Shakashaka and Marupeke. With clear instructions, helpful tips, and anecdotes about the puzzles and their creators, this is an entertaining read and an exciting collection of the newest, best, and most addictive Japanese logic puzzles.

Can You Solve My Problems?

Ingenious, Perplexing, and Totally Satisfying Math and Logic Puzzles

Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: The Experiment

ISBN: 161519388X

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 352

View: 6873


Puzzle lovers, rejoice! Bestselling math writer Alex Bellos has a challenge for you: 125 of the world’s best brainteasers from the last two millennia. Armed with logic alone, you’ll detect counterfeit coins, navigate river crossings, and untangle family trees. Then—with just a dash of high school math—you’ll tie a rope around the Earth, match wits with a cryptic wizard, and use four 4s to create every number from 1 to 50. (It can be done!) The ultimate casebook for daring puzzlers, Can You Solve My Problems? also tells the story of the puzzle—from ancient China to Victorian England to modern-day Japan. Grab your pencil and get puzzling!

The Grapes of Math

How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451640129

Category: Mathematics

Page: 352

View: 7653


From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world’s favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop. Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in.

The Monster Book of Logic Puzzles & Sudoku

Author: Nikoli Publishing,Nikoli

Publisher: Puzzlewright

ISBN: 9781402778803

Category: Games

Page: 356

View: 9512


Finally, there's a compendium of all the wicked puzzles from Nikoli! For millions of fans worldwide, that's big news. Nikoli, publisher of Japan's very first puzzle magazine, and a sudoku superpower, offers up a selection of akari, fillomino, hashi, heyawake, hitori, LITS, masyu, number link, nurikabe, ripple effect, shikaku, slitherlink, yajilin, and the perennial favorite, sudoku. The rules to these puzzles may seem simple (how hard could a maze without walls be?), but finding the solution can be diabolically difficult. The dozens of teasers here guarantee hours of fun, and tax your brain cells to the max!

Original Area Mazes

Author: Naoki Inaba

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781472141811


Page: 160

View: 2804


'NAOKI INABA HAS INVENTED THE PERFECT PUZZLE. ENJOY!' Alex Bellos 'Awesome puzzles! My students and I love them!' Ellen Hansen 'I use these as warm-ups with 3rd and 4th grade Gifted and Talented students. They love solving these puzzles!' L. Bowe 'Loved these' Elizabeth Shapiro 'An excellent book of short puzzles' Once you pit your wits against area mazes, you'll be hooked! From the genius mind of Naoki Inaba - one of the world's most prolific and creative inventors of logic puzzles - comes a brand-new type of challenge. Area mazes have already taken Japan by storm and are set to be the next big puzzle craze. Your quest is to navigate a network of rectangles to find a missing value. The rules are simple, the puzzles are easy and the logic is clever. Just remember: - Area = length x width - Use spatial reasoning to find helpful relationships - Whole numbers are all you need. You can always get the answer without using fractions Originally invented for gifted students, area mazes (menseki meiro) are the perfect puzzle for brain game fanatics. Whether you loved or hated geometry at school, with this book you can finally show it who's boss. Feed your brain some areas mazes - they could be just what you're craving.

Beyond Sudoku

Kakuro, Hanjie & Other Japanese Logic Puzzles

Author: Chambers,Chambers Editors

Publisher: Chambers Harrap Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780550103178

Category: Games

Page: 200

View: 9778


Teasing, playful, and extremely satisfying, this collection of logic puzzles opens up a whole world of puzzling to sudoku fans. Included are fifteen of each of the following puzzles, with instructions and solutions: Filomino, Hanjie, Hashiwokakero, Hitori, Kakuro, Mosaic, Nurikabe, and Slither Link.

Geometry Snacks

Author: Ed Southall

Publisher: Tarquin

ISBN: 1911093711

Category: Mathematics

Page: 94

View: 8060


Geometry Snacks is a mathematical puzzle book filled with geometrical figures and questions designed to challenge, confuse and ultimately enlighten enthusiasts of all ages.

Logical Brain Games

Author: Gareth Moore

Publisher: Orbit Books

ISBN: 9781472120311

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 528

View: 7253


From Dr Gareth Moore, the bestselling author of over 35 puzzle books, comes the world's most comprehensive collection of logical puzzles, covering all major types. It has everything from Sudoku and Kakuro through to Hanjie and Slitherlink, plus a whole lot more besides such as Tapa, Fences, Yajilin, Nurikabe, Fillomino and many, many others. All of the puzzles use pure logic, requiring no language or cultural knowledge to solve, so the book is suitable for everyone. Fun and addictive, these puzzles offer a fantastic mental workout. Each of the more than 60 types of puzzle is presented with full instructions in seven carefully graded difficulty levels, from Beginner right through to Master, so whatever your experience you'll find the perfect challenge.

The Calculus Story

A Mathematical Adventure

Author: David Acheson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198804547


Page: 160

View: 3694


Calculus is the key to much of modern science and engineering. It is the mathematical method for the analysis of things that change, and since in the natural world we are surrounded by change, the development of calculus was a huge breakthrough in the history of mathematics. But it is also something of a mathematical adventure, largely because of the way infinity enters at virtually every twist and turn... In The Calculus Story, David Acheson presents a wide-ranging picture of calculus and its applications, from ancient Greece right up to the present day. Drawing on their original writings, he introduces the people who helped to build our understanding of calculus. With a step-by-step treatment, he demonstrates how to start doing calculus, from the very beginning.

Here's Looking at Euclid

A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math

Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416596348

Category: Mathematics

Page: 336

View: 5441


Too often math gets a bad rap, characterized as dry and difficult. But, Alex Bellos says, "math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative. Mathematical thought is one of the great achievements of the human race, and arguably the foundation of all human progress. The world of mathematics is a remarkable place." Bellos has traveled all around the globe and has plunged into history to uncover fascinating stories of mathematical achievement, from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of the Zen master of origami, one of the hottest areas of mathematical work today. Taking us into the wilds of the Amazon, he tells the story of a tribe there who can count only to five and reports on the latest findings about the math instinct—including the revelation that ants can actually count how many steps they’ve taken. Journeying to the Bay of Bengal, he interviews a Hindu sage about the brilliant mathematical insights of the Buddha, while in Japan he visits the godfather of Sudoku and introduces the brainteasing delights of mathematical games. Exploring the mysteries of randomness, he explains why it is impossible for our iPods to truly randomly select songs. In probing the many intrigues of that most beloved of numbers, pi, he visits with two brothers so obsessed with the elusive number that they built a supercomputer in their Manhattan apartment to study it. Throughout, the journey is enhanced with a wealth of intriguing illustrations, such as of the clever puzzles known as tangrams and the crochet creation of an American math professor who suddenly realized one day that she could knit a representation of higher dimensional space that no one had been able to visualize. Whether writing about how algebra solved Swedish traffic problems, visiting the Mental Calculation World Cup to disclose the secrets of lightning calculation, or exploring the links between pineapples and beautiful teeth, Bellos is a wonderfully engaging guide who never fails to delight even as he edifies. Here’s Looking at Euclid is a rare gem that brings the beauty of math to life.

Snowflake, Seashell, Star

A Colouring Adventure in Numberland

Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782117889


Page: 120

View: 941


Bestselling author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland joins the meditative colouring book craze with this mathematical colouring book.

Alex's Adventures in Numberland

Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408809591

Category: Mathematics

Page: 448

View: 4067


A hugely enjoyable, brilliantly researched explanation of the basic principles of maths.

Witches Abroad

Author: Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Gollancz

ISBN: 9781473200265

Category: Discworld (Imaginary place)

Page: 304

View: 8793


It seemed an easy job... After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince? But for the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, travelling to the distant city of Genua, things are never that simple... Servant girls have to marry the prince. That's what life is all about. You can't fight a Happy Ending. At least - up until now...

Hoakes Island

A Fiendish Puzzle Adventure

Author: Helen Friel,Ian Friel

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781786270337

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 255

View: 8032


Henry Hoakes has gone missing and Hoakes Island Amusement Park is in grave danger. This notebook, a hastily assembled collection of journal entries, notes, puzzles, and clues, is the only key to find out what's happened to Henry and stop the dastardly developers who want to knock down the park. Solve the puzzles and discover keys and clues as you travel around the island on a quest to rescue Rita the anteater, Granville the gorilla, and the rest of the talking animals who live there. It's a race against time that only a puzzle master can win! This ingenious and immersive puzzle adventure comes with a fold-out map of Hoakes Island and a special red lens that you must use to discover secret messages and clues. Can you solve the mystery and save Hoakes Island? We're counting on you!

The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Authorized Edition)

Author: National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393342158

Category: History

Page: 592

View: 6147


Nearly three thousand people died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In Lower Manhattan, on a field in Pennsylvania, and along the banks of the Potomoc, the United States suffered the single largest loss of life from an enemy attack on its soil. In November 2002 the United States Congress and President George W. Bush established by law the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. This independent, bipartisan panel was directed to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks, identify lessons learned, and provide recommendations to safeguard against future acts of terrorism. This volume is the authorized edition of the Commission's final report.

And Then You're Dead

What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, Or Go Barreling Over Niagara

Author: Cody Cassidy,Paul Doherty

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143108441

Category: Humor

Page: 256

View: 609


A gleefully gruesome look at the actual science behind the most outlandish, cartoonish, and impossible deaths you can imagine What would happen if you took a swim outside a deep-sea submarine wearing only a swimsuit? How long could you last if you stood on the surface of the sun? How far could you actually get in digging a hole to China? Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco's famed Exploratorium Museum, and writer Cody Cassidy explore the real science behind these and other fantastical scenarios, offering insights into physics, astronomy, anatomy, and more along the way. Is slipping on a banana peel really as hazardous to your health as the cartoons imply? Answer: Yes. Banana peels ooze a gel that turns out to be extremely slippery. Your foot and body weight provide the pressure. The gel provides the humor (and resulting head trauma). Can you die by shaking someone's hand? Answer: Yes. That's because, due to atomic repulsion, you've never actually touched another person's hand. If you could, the results would be as disastrous as a medium-sized hydrogen bomb. If you were Cookie Monster, just how many cookies could you actually eat in one sitting? Answer: Most stomachs can hold up to sixty cookies, or around four liters. If you eat or drink more than that, you're approaching the point at which the cookies would break through the lesser curvature of your stomach, and then you'd better call an ambulance to Sesame Street.

Maze Quest

Author: Travis Nichols

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9781452169897

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

View: 5540


This maze book is a thrilling hands-on fantasy adventure. In this unique hybrid of text- and maze-based storytelling, readers are immersed in a quest. They must capture the missing pieces of a famous sword by solving mazes, collecting gems, keys, and more—while also dodging mysterious monks, escaping hoards of giant bees and foul creatures, and exploring epic landscapes. Irresistibly analog, Maze Quest provides hours of screen-free fun.

Patterns of the Universe

A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty

Author: Alex Bellos,Edmund Harriss

Publisher: The Experiment

ISBN: 1615193235

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 144

View: 3007


"A coloring book that reveals math's hidden beauty and contemplative power as never before with 78 coloring designs and games that explore symmetry, fractals, tessellations, randomness, and more."--

Mathematical Puzzles

A Connoisseur's Collection

Author: Peter Winkler

Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press

ISBN: 9781568812014

Category: Mathematics

Page: 175

View: 2673


Collected over several years by Peter Winkler, of Bell Labs, dozens of elegant, intriguing challenges are presented in Mathematical Puzzles. The answers are easy to explain, but without this book, devilishly hard to find. Creative reasoning is the key to these puzzles. No involved computation or higher mathematics is necessary, but your ability to construct a mathematical proof will be severly tested--even if you are a professional mathematician. For the truly adventurous, there is even a chapter on unsolved puzzles.