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The Puzzle Universe


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Ivan Moscovich is celebrated worldwide as one of the leading inventors and presenters of visual games and puzzles. He has more than 40 illustrated books to his credit, of which The Big Book of Brain Games has sold over one million copies and was translated into more than 20 languages. He is widely recognized as one of most innovative inventors in the toy industry.


This trove contains puzzles, brain teasers and games, some of which date back thousands of years.--Keith Blanchard"Wall Street Journal" (11/17/2015)
Would make a great gift for a mathematically minded friend or family member.--Mike"Dr. Mike's Blog" (06/06/2016)
A great read for anyone interested in puzzles or mathematics.--Publishers Weekly (11/01/2016)
The Puzzle Universe is a quixotic, informative, and enlightening encyclopedia of recreational mathematics. It should prove to be an inspiration to mathematical idlers, and a rich resource for learners and teachers who wish to be attuned to the playful and creative side of mathematics.-- (12/17/2015)
Having read several of Ivan Moscovich's previous puzzle books, I was not surprised in thumbing through it to find a wonderful collection of puzzles and problems to challenge mathematicians of all ages and levels, and all presented in beautiful color. What seems to be even newer here is a larger focus on the historical nature of the problems in the development of mathematics... Check out what I believe may be the most beautiful coffee table holiday gift for all the puzzle lovers on your Christmas list.-- (11/15/2015)
First things first: To ease your mind, yes, this book includes an answer section as well. But Moscovich, a celebrated puzzle inventor, makes a compelling case for puzzle solving as a means of developing creativity and even intelligence, so you might want to give it a go to solve a few on your own before consulting the answers. Colorful illustrations are mixed with historical notes about famous mathematicians, all kinds of puzzles and games, and discussions of objects ranging from gears to the Sphinx-making this book all the more engaging for puzzle enthusiasts and those interested in the history of science. Gift Guide 2015 Selection.-- (12/18/2015)

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