There's more than one way to define a paradox, and this intriguing book offers examples of every kind. Stanley J. Farlow, a prominent educator and author, presents a captivating mix of mathematical paradoxes: the kind with surprising, nonintuitive outcomes; the variety that rely on mathematical sleight-of-hand to impress the unwary observer; and the baffling type with a solution that passes all understanding.
Students and puzzle enthusiasts will find plenty of
thought-provoking enjoyment mixed with a bit of painless
mathematical instruction among these twenty-eight conundrums. Some
of them involve counting, some deal with infinity, and others draw
on principles of geometry and arithmetic. None requires an
extensive background in higher mathematics. Challenges include The
Curve That Shook the World, a variation on the famous Monty Hall
Problem, Space Travel in a Wineglass, Through Cantor's Looking
Glass, and other fun-to-ponder paradoxes.