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Mage Merlin's Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries


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Sixteen of today's greatest unsolved mathematical puzzles in a story-driven, illustrated volume that invites readers to peek over the edge of the unknown.

Table of Contents

1. Great Hall Window
2. Blessed Birthday Banquet
3. Tinkering Toy Trouble
4. Glorious Gift Wrappings
5. Perfect Cake Combinations
6. Round Table Tiles
7. Lancelot's Labyrinth Labor
8. Stonehenge Tapestries
9. Mystic Mountain Madness
10. Camelot Carnival Celebration
11. Row Boat Distribution
12. Holy Grail Vault
13. Starstone Shattering
14. Knights Square Formation
15. Thirty-Three Tree Tomb
16. Lady of the Lake

About the Author

Satyan Linus Devadoss is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Applied Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science at the University of San Diego. A recipient of two national teaching awards, he has published on topics ranging from origami and cartography to phylogenetics and particle collisions. Matthew Harvey is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia's College at Wise and the author of the textbook Geometry Illuminated.


"This book is wonderfully unique - an irresistible call to join the quest for the treasures of mathematics."
- TaiDanae Bradley, coauthor of Topology: A Categorical Approach and creator of the math blog Math3ma

"An elegant, charming collection of 16 mathematical jewels: problems so simple they can be explained in a single page, yet so hard they can't be solved in a single century."
- Ben Orlin, author of Math with Bad Drawings and Change is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World

"Taste the sweet enchantment of this medley of unsolved problems. Some are classical, and some are less well known, but all are easy to understand, because the authors have recast them in novel ways to entice both new and seasoned mathematical explorers. Devadoss and Harvey will captivate the mathematical yearning within each one of us."
- Francis Su, Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College; Former President, Mathematical Association of America; author of Mathematics for Human Flourishing

"This is a fun and delightfully illustrated text covering a wide range of accessible topics from the recreational to the unsolved. Each is presented as a mystery (as all good mathematics is!), spanning geometry, combinatorics, number theory, and beyond. A dedicated reader will derive great satisfaction from wrestling with the challenges presented here."
- Alex Kontorovich, Professor of Mathematics, Rutgers University; Dean of Academic Content, National Museum of Mathematics

"This unique book will charm and delight mathematical explorers of all ages with its beautiful illustrations, captivating story, and unsolved mathematical challenges that range from geometry to number theory and more."
- Forbes

"Highly recommended."

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