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Math and Science Without Tears: Games/Puzzles/Toys

Teaching and learning math and science through sports, movies, comics, art, and more.

From Chinese Checkers to Rubik's Cube: Math and Science through Games and Puzzles

The Library has many books of mathematical and logic puzzles and games. Select the Classic Catalog option under the white Appsearch box and pick the subject search in the drop down box. Search for the subject Mathematical Recreations to see a list of these items. A selection of titles intended for teens and adults are listed below.


ApSimon, Hugh. Mathematical Byways in Ayling, Beeling,and Ceiling. QA95 A67 1984

ApSimon, Hugh. More Mathematical Byways. QA95 A66 1990

Averbach, Bonnie. Mathematics: Problem Solving through Recreational Mathematics. QA39.2 A895

Ball, W. W. Rouse. Mathematical Recreations and Essays. rev. ed. QA95 B2 1947

Beiler, Albert H. Recreations in the Theory of Numbers: The Queen of Mathematics Entertains. QA95 B44 1966x

Benson, William H. New Recreations with Magic Squares. QA165 B46 1976

Berklekamp, Elwyn, and Tom Rodgers, eds. The Mathemagician and Pied Puzzler: A Collection in Tribute to Martin Gardner. AQ95 M366 1999

Bolt, Brian. The Amazing Mathematical Amusement Arcade. QA95 B55 1984

Bolt, Brian. The Mathematical Funfair. QA95 B65 1989

Bowers, Henry. Arithetical Excursions: An Enrichment of Elementary Mathematics. QA145 B6

Coffin, Stewart T. The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections. QA95 C59 1990

Danesi, Marcel. The Liar Paradox and the Towers of Hanoi: The 10 Greatest Puzzles of All Time. QA95 D29 2004

Devlin, Keith J. Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning. QA135.6 D53 2011

Emmet, E. R. Brain Puzzler's Delight. QA95 E4 1968

Gardner, Martin. Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi: Martin Gardner's First Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Games. 2d. ed. QA95 G247 2008

Gardner, Martin. Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical Entertainments. QA95 T27 1986

Gardner, Martin. The Last Recreations: Hydras, Eggs, and Other Mathematical Mystifications. QA95 G255 1997

Gardner, Martin. Origami, Eleusis, and the Soma Cube: Martin Gardner's Mathematical Diversions. QA95 G2975 2008

Havil, Julian. Nonplussed! Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas. QA99 H38 2007

Higgins, Peter M. Nets, Puzzles, and Postmen. QA95 H54 2007

Hordern, Edward. Sliding Piece Puzzles. GV1493 H62 1986

Joyner, David. Adventures in Group Theory: Rubik's Cube, Merlin's Machine, and Other Mathematicsal Toys. 2d ed., updated and rev. QA174.2 J69 2008

Kanga, A. R. Number Mosaics: Journeys in Search of Universals. QA95 K33 1995

Kordemskii, Boris A. The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations. QA95 K5613

Maxwell, E. A. Fallacies in Mathematics. 1959. QA95 M37

McCullogh, Jodi. The Role of Toys in Teaching Physics. QC33 M474 2000

Pickover, Clifford A. The Mathematics of Oz: Mental Gymnastics from Beyond the Edge. QA95 P528 2002

Pickover, Clifford A. Wonders of Numbers: Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning. QA95 P53 2001

Pickover, Clifford A. The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles, and Stars: An Exhibiition of Surprising Structures Across Dimensions. QA165 P53 2002

Phillips, Hubert. Caliban's Problem Book: Mathematical, Inferential, and Cryptographic Puzzles. QA95 P5 1961

Pook, L. P. Flexagons Inside Out. QA491 P66 2003

Quantum Quandaries: 100 Brainteasers from Quantum, the Magazine of Math and Science. QA95 Q36 1996

Rosenhouse, Jason. The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math's Most Contentious Brainteaser. QA95 R67 2009

Rosenhouse, Jason. Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Math Behind the World's Most Popular Pencil Puzzle. GV1507 S83 R67 2011.

Sasha, Dennis Elliott. Dr. Ecco's Cyberpuzles: 36 Puzzles for Hackers and Other Mathematical Detectives. QA95 S4693 2002

Smullyan, Raymond M. The Riddle of Scheherazade, and Other Amazing Puzzles, Ancient & Modern. QA95 S4997 1997

Smullyan, Raymond M. Satan, Cantor, and Infinity: And Other Mind-Boggling Puzzles. QA95 S5 1992

Stewart, Ian. The Magical Maze: Seeing the World through Mathematical Eyes. QA93 S736 1998

Stewart, Ian. Math Hysteria: Fun and Games with Mathematics. QA95 S7255 2004

Stewart, Ian. Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures. QA99 S85 2010

Watkins, John J. Across the Board: The Mathematics of Chessboard Problems. QA95 W35 2004

Wells, D. G. Hidden Connections, Double Meanings. QA63 W4 1988

Wilson, Robin J. Four Coloris Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved. QA612.19 W54 2002