Without Words

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he Puzzles where the first puzzle is...what's the puzzle! 

All real life mathematics is problem solving. And all those fascinated by puzzles are problem solvers at heart. But thinking mathematically is a skill we have to learn and one which it is easy to forget.

James Tanton has been helping people really think mathematically for many years.

Recreational mathematicians and students can practise problem solving in different ways.In this book solving puzzles is practised in a different way from most books they will have seen before:

  • Readers get no clues to what the puzzle is about
  • They may take hours or even days to work out what is being asked of them
  • Even after that, some problems may have no solution - just like the real world

The result of this challenge is a really challenging book that will fascinate anyone interested in puzzles and recreational mathematicians in particular.

This volume contains 36 puzzles ranging from quite easy to more difficult. The sister volume More Without Words: Mathematical Puzzles to Confound and Delight is also available – containing 35 more puzzles with more at the same level and a few more testing ones. Buy with this volume and save 10% - just add both to your basket and this will be done automatically.

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This book is also in the Tarquin Select Thinking Mathematically package with 100s of other resources for a TINY fee.

Answers: the book does not provide the answers - instead James Tanton provides answers with explanations and links to current mathematical research. Access that here

Posters: bring these puzzles to your rooms and corridors! See the set of 6, or individual posters here. Buy with either book and save 10%.

Format: Book