Can You Solve My Problems? by Alex Bellos
Ingenious, Perplexing, and Totally Satisfying Math and Logic Puzzles

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Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give to this book is that when my son spotted it on my desk, he started flicking through it, furrowing his brow and asking me questions.
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For daring puzzlers—a book of mind-bending conundrums handpicked by the pied piper of popular math

Long before Sudoku swept the world, the Victorians puzzled over relationships (If two men each marry the other’s widowed mother, what is the relationship between their sons?), and the ancient Chinese favored counting challenges (If a cock costs 5 pieces, a hen 4 pieces, and a chick ¼ of a piece, how can you buy 100 total cocks, hens, and chicks with 100 pieces?). Some people may claim to “hate math”—but history is proof that everybody loves a good puzzle!

From Alex Bellos, math writer extraordinaire and official puzzler to the Guardian, this is the ultimate compendium of math and logic brainteasers—packed with 125 questions, fun trivia, and (naturally!) answers in the back. Can you solve his problems?
 

About Alex Bellos

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Alex Bellos is a reporter for the Observer and the Guardian in Rio de Janeiro, where he has lived and worked for four years.
 
Published March 21, 2017 by The Experiment. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Simon Singh on Nov 06 2016

Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give to this book is that when my son spotted it on my desk, he started flicking through it, furrowing his brow and asking me questions.

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