Description 
1 online resource (x, 246 pages) : illustrations 
Contents 
Recreations from Euler to Lucas  Four abstract games  Mathematics and games : mysterious connections  Why chess is not mathematics  Proving versus checking  Gamelike mathematics  Euclid and the rules of his geometrical game  New concepts and new objects  Convergent and divergent series  Mathematics becomes gamelike  Maths as science  Numbers and sequences  Computers and mathematics  Mathematics and the sciences  Minimum paths from Heron to Feynmann  The foundations : perception, imagination and insight  Structure  Hidden structure, common structure  Mathematics and beauty  Origins : formality in the everyday world 
Summary 
"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 Morris and more. The second part explains how thinking about playing games can mirror the thinking of a mathematician, using scientific investigation, tactics and strategy, and sharp observation. Finally the author considers gamelike features found in a wide range of human behaviours, illuminating the role of mathematics and helping to explain why it exists at all. This thoughtprovoking book is perfect for anyone with a thirst for mathematics and its hidden beauty; a good high school grounding in mathematics is all the background that's required, and the puzzles and games will suit pupils from 14 years" Provided by publisher 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and index 
Notes 
English 

Print version record 
Subject 
Games  Mathematical models


Mathematical recreations.


Mathematics  Psychological aspects


MATHEMATICS  General.


MATHEMATICS  Essays.


MATHEMATICS  PreCalculus.


MATHEMATICS  Reference.


Hobbies and Games.


Juegos de azar (Matemáticas)


Games  Mathematical models


Mathematical recreations


Mathematics  Psychological aspects


Spieltheorie


Unterhaltungsmathematik

Genre/Form 
dissertations.


Puzzles and games


Puzzles and games.


Academic theses.


Thèses et écrits académiques.

Form 
Electronic book

ISBN 
9781139549905 

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9781139564694 

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9781139556118 

1283746190 

9781283746199 

1139551159 

9781139551151 
