Games and mathematics : subtle connections
 Responsibility
 David Wells.
 Imprint
 Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
 Physical description
 x, 246 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Science Library (Li and Ma)
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QA95 .W438 2012  Unknown 
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 Author/Creator
 Wells, D. G. (David G.)
Contents/Summary
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 Includes bibliographical references (p. 234242) and index.
 Contents

 Introduction Part I. Mathematical recreations and abstract games: 1. Recreations from Euler to Lucas 2. Four abstract games 3. Mathematics and games: mysterious connections 4. Why chess is not mathematics 5. Proving versus checking Part II. Mathematics: gamelike, scientific and perceptual: 6. Gamelike mathematics 7. Euclid and the rules of his geometrical game 8. New concepts and new objects 9. Convergent and divergent series 10. Mathematics becomes gamelike 11. Maths as science 12. Numbers and sequences 13. Computers and mathematics 14. Mathematics and the sciences 15. Minimum paths from Heron to Feynmann 16. The foundations: perception, imagination and insight 17. Structure 18. Hidden structure, common structure 19. Mathematics and beauty 20. Origins: formality in the everyday world Bibliography Index.
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 Publisher's 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 knight tours on a chessboard. 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 is required, and the puzzles and games will suit pupils from 14 years.
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 2012
 ISBN
 9781107024601 (hardback)
 1107024609 (hardback)
 9781107690912 (pbk.)
 1107690919 (pbk.)