Taking sudoku seriously : the math behind the world's most popular pencil puzzle
 Responsibility
 Jason Rosenhouse and Laura Taalman.
 Language
 English.
 Imprint
 Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.
 Physical description
 xii, 214 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
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Creators/Contributors
 Author/Creator
 Rosenhouse, Jason.
 Contributor
 Taalman, Laura.
Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references (p. [206]208) and index.
 Contents

 1. Playing the Game  Mathematics as Applied PuzzleSolving  2. Latin Squares  What Do Mathematicians Do?  3. GrecoLatin Squares  The Problem of the ThirtySix Officers  4. Counting  It's Harder Than it Looks  5. Equivalence Classes  The Importance of Being Essentially Identical  6. Searching  The Art of Finding Needles in Haystacks  7. Graphs  Dots, Lines and Sudoku  8. Polynomials  We Finally Found a Use For Algebra  9. Extremes  Sudoku Pushed to its Limits  10. Epilogue  You Can Never Have Too Many Puzzles  Solutions to Puzzles.
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 Publisher's Summary
 Packed with more than a hundred color illustrations and a wide variety of puzzles and brainteasers, Taking Sudoku Seriously uses this popular craze as the starting point for a funfilled introduction to higher mathematics. How many Sudoku solution squares are there? What shapes other than threebythree blocks can serve as acceptable Sudoku regions? What is the fewest number of starting clues a sound Sudoku puzzle can have? Does solving Sudoku require mathematics? Jason Rosenhouse and Laura Taalman show that answering these questions opens the door to a wealth of interesting mathematics. Indeed, they show that Sudoku puzzles and their variants are a gateway into mathematical thinking generally. Among many topics, the authors look at the notion of a Latin squarean object of longstanding interest to mathematiciansof which Sudoku squares are a special case; discuss how one finds interesting Sudoku puzzles; explore the connections between Sudoku, graph theory, and polynomials; and consider Sudoku extremes, including puzzles with the maximal number of vacant regions, with the minimal number of starting clues, and numerous others. The book concludes with a gallery of novel Sudoku variationsjust pure solving fun! Most of the puzzles are original to this volume, and all solutions to the puzzles appear in the back of the book or in the text itself. A math book and a puzzle book, Taking Sudoku Seriously will change the way readers look at Sudoku and mathematics, serving both as an introduction to mathematics for puzzle fans and as an exploration of the intricacies of Sudoku for mathematics buffs.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Subjects
 Subject
 Sudoku.
 Mathematics > Social aspects.
Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 2011
 ISBN
 9780199756568 (hardcover : alk. paper)
 0199756562 (hardcover : alk. paper)