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The Mathematics of Games: An Introduction to Probability takes an inquiry-based approach to teaching the standard material for an introductory probability course. It also discusses different games and ideas that relate to the law of large numbers, as well as some more mathematical topics not typically found in similar books. Written in an accessible, student-friendly style, the book uses questions about various games (not just casino... more...

Go, an ancient, subtly beautiful game of territory, is the oldest game in the world still played in its original form. This book contains its rules, techniques, a glossary of terms, and a list of international and American Go organizations.

Advanced IQ Tests is for puzzle lovers who are looking for a challenge. This book contains 360 of the most difficult practice questions designed to measure an advanced level of numerical, verbal, and spatial ability, logical analysis, lateral thinking, and problem solving skills. Advanced IQ Tests is useful for someone facing a graduate or managerial selection test, but it is also for those who just want to pit their skills against... more...

Feed Your Brain   Tastier than a twizzler yet more protein-packed than a spinach smoothie, Brain Candy is guaranteed to entertain your brain—even as it reveals hundreds of secrets behind what’s driving that electric noodle inside your skull.    These delicious and nutritious pages are packed with bits of bite-sized goodness swiped from the bleeding edge of brain science (including the reason why reading these words is changing your hippocampus... more...

Welcome to the Not-So-Glorious Days With the uncertain economy, lingering wars, and the ever-present threats of everything from bird flu to Bieber Fever, it's tempting to long for the "good old days" But just how good were they? Buckle up for a bumpy ride down memory lane (and try not to get trampled) as these 665 funny history facts and terrifying truths reveal the unfortunate reality of life during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth... more...


This vivid, engrossing book reveals the fascinating stories behind the objects in your world, what you wear, what you eat, what entertains you, and more. Discover the history behind the world's tallest skyscrapers, find out when people first started drinking caffeine and why it wakes us up, and learn how GPS came to be.    For those who loved the first installment of An Uncommon History of Commmon Things come even more short... more...

The noted expert and longtime author of Scientific American's Mathematical Games column selects 70 of his favorite "short" puzzles. Enthusiasts can challenge their skills with such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, Bronx vs. Brooklyn, and dozens more involving logic and basic math. Complete solutions included.

"The book is small but offers a rich collection of interesting problems - puzzles, if you will – not requiring math knowledge beyond high, and many middle, school level." Ctk Insights "Almost all of the problems are fresh or at least have an extra complication to it. This is a marvelous collection that I can warmly recommend to occasional as well as diehard puzzlers." European Mathematical Society Population Explosion and Other Mathematical Puzzles... more...

Sometime about 30,000 years ago, somebody stuck a sharp rock into a split stick—and presto! The axe was born. Our inquisitive species just loves tinkering, testing, and pushing the limits, and this delightfully different book is a freewheeling reference to hundreds of customs, notions, and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history. From hand tools to holidays to weapons to washing machines, An Uncommon History of Common Things... more...

What does the average human head weigh? From where in the United Kingdom did the Titanic set off on her maiden voyage? Can you name the manager who took charge of the England football team in 1977? In which year did the United Kingdom first win the Eurovision Song Contest with Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet on a String’? If you can answer these questions and more like them, then The Greatest General Knowledge Quiz Book is for you. You’ll never realise... more...