A collection of famous mathematical puzzles, taken from a popular newspaper column, features the "writings" of the fictional author, Malba Tahan, who describes different mathematical puzzles and solutions applied to real situations.Malba Tahan is the creation of a celebrated Brazilian mathematician who was looking for a way to bring some of the mysteries and delights of mathematics to a wider public. He turned out to be a born storyteller.
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Here's a delightful little book that combines the joys of mathematical recreation with some fine storytelling. It follows the Arabian adventures of a man with remarkable mathematical skills, which he uses to settle conflict and give wise advice. The tales of his travels involve the solving of mathematical puzzles and sharing insights from the minds of some of history's great mathematicians. In reading it, you can almost smell the spices and feel the desert wind. You just don't find this kind of atmosphere in books about mathematics.About the Author:
Júlio César de Mello e Souza, a Brazilian mathematician, published more than one hundred books under the name Malba Tahan. Even after his identity was exposed, he wrote as Tahan until his death in 1974.
Poet and translator Alastair Reid lives in New York City.
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Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Patricia Reid Baquero (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0393309347
Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110393309347
Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0393309347 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0131263