Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Riddles in Mathematics: A Book of Paradoxes

Title: Riddles in Mathematics: A Book of Paradoxes
Author: Eugene P Northrop
Published: This Edition: August 20th 2014 by Dover Publication. Originally published in 1944.
Format: ebook; paperback edition 288 pages
Genre: Educational
Source: Netgalley

No matter the publication date, some books still hold their fascination.

Originally published in 1944, this book of paradoxes and explanations has both entertained and baffled me. This is not a book to rush through or to even feel a need to finish in a reasonable amount of time. This is a book to be enjoyed. A book that will make you look at words, their full context and relationships, and not just jump to a conclusion. You will be exercising your brain with the stories, diagrams and details.

On numerous occasions, I wanted to slap myself on the forehead and say, “obviously, the answer was right there”, if I had actually spent time to draw it out or to not jump to a conclusion.

Loved the line: "Impossible? No, though perhaps improbable”.

Some of these twists are straight out of Sherlock Holmes, but then again, that is exactly what I like.

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