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Games and mathematics : subtle connections

Author: D G Wells
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Puzzles and games
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wells, D.G. (David G.).
Games and mathematics.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D G Wells
ISBN: 9781107690912 1107690919 9781107024601 1107024609
OCLC Number: 788262143
Description: x, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Mathematical recreations and abstract games --
Recreations from Euler to Lucas --
Four abstract games --
Mathematics and games: mysterious connections --
Why chess is not mathematics --
Proving versus checking --
pt. 2. Mathematics: game-like, scientific and perceptual --
Game-like mathematics --
Euclid and the rules of his geometrical game --
New concepts and new objects --
Convergent and divergent series --
Mathematics becomes game-like --
Mathematics as science --
Numbers and sequences --
Computers and mathematics --
Mathematics and the sciences --
Minimum paths: elegant simplicity --
The foundations: perception, imagination and insight --
Structure --
Hidden structure, common structure --
Mathematics and beauty --
Origins: formality in the everyday world.
Responsibility: David Wells.


A unique book providing a tour through the fascinating connections between mathematics and games.  Read more...
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'One of the wellsprings out of which the discipline of mathematics has developed is human delight in intellectual play, manifest in the ubiquity of abstract games across millennia and cultures. The Read more...

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