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Math for All Seasons
Greg Tang
0439755379
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Believe it or not, math doesn't have to be a torture device teachers use to punish their students. In fact, with a few simple tricks, math can become--dare we say it?--fun! Greg Tang, creator of the popular The Grapes of Math, bestows his considerable wisdom on a slightly younger audience (ages 5 to 8) with Math for All Seasons. This collection of rhyming math puzzles encourages kids to think through problems, rather than relying on memorization and formulas. Each of illustrator Harry Briggs's computer-generated, color-saturated spreads features seasonal treasures such as clusters of tulips or spikes of icicles. Readers study the verse and picture, strategizing and looking for patterns in order to add up the objects without counting one by one. Soon, their eyes and minds will open to consider many ways of problem...


Grapes of Math
Greg Tang
043921033X
January 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
How is it possible to count a complicated pattern of strawberry seeds or grapes on a vine or camel humps--in a blink of an eye? If children can open their minds to new ways of perceiving math, anything is possible! Greg Tang shows readers creative ways to use patterns and combinations of numbers to solve math puzzles quickly and effectively. Rather than laboriously counting 24 mushroom slices on a pizza, Tang suggests: "Let me give you some advice, / Just do half and count twice." And in adding the number of dots on a fan: "Instead of seeing groups of threes, / Count by fives and it's a breeze!"

Every two-page spread features cheerful computer-generated art by Harry Briggs, depicting rows of camels, beaches full of seashells, and vines laden with grapes. Tang's witty little accompanying verses tickle the fancy...



1,000 Playthinks
Ivan Moscovich
0761118268
Oct 2001
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Moscovich believes that "now that most of the physical frontiers have been crossed the mental ones beckon us." He has created these visual challenges, riddles, and puzzles to help push thinking into these new frontiers. Some of them are completely original; others are adaptations of classic challenges. They are bold, bright, colorful, and genuinely inviting. They are arranged by mathematical or scientific category, and ranked by a degree of difficulty from 1 to 10. A key further subdivides them into mind puzzles, pencil-and-paper puzzles, those that must be traced or copied, and, finally, those that require cutting. Most can be done alone; some are for groups. When complete and total frustration has set in, readers can turn to the back of the book for the solutions, which are clearly...


Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics
Bonnie Averbach
0486409171
March 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Many of the most important mathematical concepts were developed from recreational problems. This book uses problems, puzzles, and games to teach students how to think critically. It emphasizes active participation in problem solving, with emphasis on logic, number and graph theory, games of strategy, and much more. Answers to Selected Problems. Index. 1980 edition.


Math Potatoes
Greg Tang
0439443903
July 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6–Tang's seventh entry in a series that includes The Grapes of Math (2001) and Math-terpieces (2003, both Scholastic) is another winner. Each spread includes a poem consisting of neatly rhymed couplets that first set a scene (I gaze into the evening sky,/Think great thoughts and wonder why) and concludes with a hint or suggestion as to how the objects on the opposing page might most efficiently be grouped to arrive at a sum (When you look up to the heavens,/Try to think in groups of sevens!). There are no overt patterns so that, as Tang says in his author's note, children are challenged to combine numbers in smart ways, not just obvious ways. The book concludes with clear diagrams and succinct explanations providing the solutions. Briggs's computer-generated art is crisp, clear, and...


Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure
Cindy Neuschwander
1570916012
July 2003
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5--Neuschwander retells "The Sword in the Stone" from a mathematical angle. Readers follow along with Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter as their son Radius and his friend Vertex set out to find Edgecalibur. Filled with riddles and puns, the story is sure to delight students with some geometry background. Geehan's bright oil, acrylic, and pen-and-ink paintings include all the visual details that the text needs to help solve this geometrical mystery. If your students have enjoyed the first three books in the series, they will certainly want this one. Make sure to share these gems with your math teachers. The books can be used to support educational initiatives such as multiple intelligences, and students who are strong in verbal/linguistic areas will appreciate the integration of literature into...


Brain Busters: Mind-Stretching Puzzles in Math and Logic
Barry R. Clarke
0486427552
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Author and puzzle columnist Barry Clarke challenges conundrum lovers at varying levels of expertise to solve problems posed in 51 different puzzles. Included are word puzzles, complex crosswords, math and logic puzzles, progressing in the level of challenge from moderate to most difficult. A moderate amount of effort and imagination will solve riddles in "Popular Puzzles," while "Teaser Tales" take the form of entertaining stories in which all clues must be solved in order to arrive at a single solution. "Advanced Puzzles" are designed to stretch the mind of puzzle geniuses who enjoy a real mental test. Many problems have hints and solutions, and the most difficult require no greater knowledge than high school algebra. Dover Original.


The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems
Martin Gardner
0393061140
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy
A remarkable retrospective of [Gardner's] astonishingly influential career as an expositor extraordinaire.

Book Description
Finally collected in one volume, Martin Gardner's immensely popular short puzzles—along with a few new ones from the master.For more than twenty-five years, Martin Gardner was Scientific American's renowned provocateur of popular math. His yearly gatherings of short and inventive problems were easily his most anticipated math columns. Loyal readers would savor the wit and elegance of his explorations in physics, probability, topology, and chess, among others. Grouped by subject and arrayed from easiest to hardest, the puzzles gathered here, which complement the lengthier, more involved problems in The Colossal Book of...


The Everything Kids' Math Puzzles Book
Meg Clemens
1580627730
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Who knew that math could be so cool? Crammed with games, puzzles, and trivia, The Everything® Kids’ Math Puzzles Book puts the fun back into playing with numbers! Inside, you’ll be able to: ·Decode hidden messages using Roman numerals ·Connect the dots using simple addition and subtraction ·Learn to create magic number squares ·Use division to answer musical riddles ·Match the profession to numerical license plates If you have any fear of math—or are just tired of sitting in a classroom—The Everything® Kids’ Math Puzzles Book provides hours of entertainment. You’ll get so caught up in the activities you won’t even know you’re learning!

About the Author
Meg Clemens has a B.A. in mathematics from...


1001 Sudoku: A Huge Collection of the 21st Century's Hottest Puzzle
Puzzler Media
1560258837
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
1001 Sudoku is a simple book that’s filled with fantastic puzzles. There are enough superb sudoku in this handsome volume to keep even the biggest puzzle fan busy for months — if not years!

Sudoku is the puzzle craze that took the world by storm in 2005. From humble beginnings as a daily puzzle in a British newspaper, the number placement logic puzzle has become a publishing sensation, hitting best-seller lists all over the world. The simple-to-learn but difficult-to-master nature of the puzzle is such that people of all ages, all abilities, and all walks of life can enjoy it.

1001 Sudoku is the ultimate sudoku book, giving enough top-quality puzzles for even the most devoted fan, but suitable for those who want to get into the craze but might feel intimidated by numbers....


Janice VanCleave's Geometry for Every Kid
Janice Pratt VanCleave
0471311413
July 1994
Paperback
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From Booklist
Gr. 4-6. This book from the Science for Every Kid series introduces concepts in geometry through short explanations and hands-on activities. From recognition of lines, shapes, patterns, and angles, VanCleave moves into calculation of area, three-dimensional figures, and coordinate graphing. Although the book doesn't replace a good geometry text or instructor, it could provide teachers and motivated students with simple projects for exploring facets of geometry. Line drawings and diagrams illustrate the text. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
How do you fold a sheet of paper into the shape of a whale? How do you measure the area of a pizza pie? How can you draw a circle within a circle without lifting your pencil from...


Math-A-Day
Theoni Pappas
1884550207
Nov 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
This entertaining book of mathematical days exercises the brain with confounding puzzles, intriguing math problems, and, of course, detailed solutions to all the conundrums. Readers will enjoy 366 days' worth of stimulating math.


Entertaining Math Puzzles
Martin Gardner
0486252116
October 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
Only an elementary knowledge of math is needed to enjoy this entertaining compilation of brain-teasers. It includes a mixture of old and new riddles covering a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles and more. Carefully explained solutions follow each problem. 65 black-and-white illus.


My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles
Martin Gardner
0486281523
November 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Noted expert selects 70 "short" puzzles. The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, and 67 more. Solutions included.


Marvelous Multiplication
Lynette Long
0471369829
Jan 2000
Paperback
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From Booklist
Reviewed with Lynette Long's Dazzling Division. Gr. 2-5. These two large-format paperbacks offer explanations and activities for children who don't understand or haven't mastered multiplication and division. By taking different approaches to explain the same concepts, Long increases the probability that something will click in the student's mind. Some chapters, such as the one on multiplying by one, are excellent for building solid understanding. Others, such as the chapter on dividing by erasing zeroes, are disappointing in this regard. The cheerful ink drawings help make the books more inviting. Overall, these will be useful supplemental resources for students who need some help with the fundamental skills of multiplication and division. Carolyn Phelan
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The Liar Paradox and the Towers of Hanoi
Marcel Danesi
0471648167
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Review
"With the proliferation of puzzle books, one looks for something different, and here it is! … This treatment will arouse interest, ally suspicion and banish fear." (Mathematical Association of America Online)

"Delightful." (Mathematics Teacher)

Review
"As an undergraduate math major, I studied various areas of mathematics as if under a sequence of microscopes. I had no clear picture of what mathematics as a whole was about. Here is a book, based on ten great puzzles, that provides that much needed view from 40,000 feet. Big concepts such as topology, combinatorics, logic, the infinite, and many others come into clear view at this altitude. For those seeking more detail, there is always the option to land and explore a host of mathematical issues,...



More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School: More than 50 Brainteasing Math Puzzles
Louis Sachar
0590477625
September 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Everything in Mrs. Jewls's class has gone topsy-turvy...again.  The report cards are scrambled, the pop quiz won't pop, and watermelons are falling out the windows.  On top of all that, the boys are upset because Allison has announced that only two of them will be invited to her birthday party, since if more than two boys come, they'll all start acting silly.  You never know how things will add up at Wayside School.


The Colossal Book of Mathematics
Martin Gardner
0393020231
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This weighty collection, containing 50 of what the Annotated Alice annotator and popular science journalist considers his best Scientific American "Mathematical Games" columns, is sure to please the relatively small but intensely loyal coterie of Gardner fans. Arranged in 12 broad categories (arithmetic and algebra, plane geometry, topology, infinity, etc.), these pieces cover subjects that will delight recreational math buffs, such as Penrose tiles, hypercubes, Klein bottles and fractal music. In addition to an up-to-date bibliography, each section includes a new, sometimes lengthy addendum, which should be the main hook for those who already own the 15 volumes of Gardner's complete Scientific American columns. While books on math for general audiences by authors such as Amir Aczel have been in vogue of late,...


Math for All Seasons (Mind-Stretching Math Riddles Series)
Greg Tang
0439210429
March 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
Believe it or not, math doesn't have to be a torture device teachers use to punish their students. In fact, with a few simple tricks, math can become--dare we say it?--fun! Greg Tang, creator of the popular The Grapes of Math, bestows his considerable wisdom on a slightly younger audience (ages 5 to 8) with Math for All Seasons. This collection of rhyming math puzzles encourages kids to think through problems, rather than relying on memorization and formulas. Each of illustrator Harry Briggs's computer-generated, color-saturated spreads features seasonal treasures such as clusters of tulips or spikes of icicles. Readers study the verse and picture, strategizing and looking for patterns in order to add up the objects without counting one by one. Soon, their eyes and minds will open to consider many ways of problem...

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