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The Surprise Attack in Mathematical Problems

The Surprise Attack in Mathematical Problems

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Publication Date: March 17th, 2017
Dover Publications
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For decades, professionals in applied mathematics and mathematical puzzle fans from all over the world supplied provocative problems to the puzzle columns of the Graham Dial. Upon the appearance of an interesting problem, readers wrote in to the Dial suggesting new approaches to the solution, some greatly simplifying the problem and others broadening its scope. This collection presents 52 of the finest problems, all featuring the surprise attack and abounding in imaginative and interesting solutions.
The problems involve measurement of geometrical spaces, probabilities, distances, number systems other than the decimal, interesting number relations, relative motion, and the discovery of the simplest solution through purely logical means. Solutions involve such techniques as arithmetic, algebra and geometry, number theory, statistics, networks, and inversion. Several approaches to the solution accompany each problem, and even the best of these represent not the ideal solution but only the most satisfying -- so far.

About the Author

L. A. Graham was the principal of Graham Transmissions, Inc., and the longtime author of a puzzle column, the Graham Dial.