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The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures

 
 
 
 
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
Author: Malba Tahan
ISBN 13: 9780393309348
ISBN 10: 393309347
Edition: First Printing
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1993-01-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $16.95
 
 

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.

Library Journal

Puzzle books can be tedious (unless you like that sort of thing), but not this one. First published in Brazil in 1949 by the mathematician Julio de Melo e Sousa (Tahan is the imaginary Arab author he claimed to have translated), it is a series of delightful ``Arabian nights''-style tales, with each story built around a classic mathematical puzzle. The puzzles fit into the stories so naturally that they are a necessary part of the fantasy. The hero is a Persian mathematician and mystic named Beremiz who uses his powers of calculation like a magic wand to amaze and entertain people, settle disputes, find justice and, finally, win the heart of a beautiful princess. Reading the stories is as much fun as trying to solve the puzzles. For adults and children.-- Amy Brunvand, Fort Lewis Coll. Lib., Durango, Col.