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The Canterbury Puzzles And Other Curious Problems   By: (1857-1930)

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The Canterbury Puzzles and Other Curious Problems by Henry Ernest Dudeney is a delightful collection that will captivate puzzle enthusiasts and problem solvers alike. Dudeney, a mastermind in the realm of recreational mathematics, presents a diverse range of conundrums, riddles, and mind-bending challenges that are sure to challenge and entertain readers.

What sets this book apart is its unique blend of mathematical and logical puzzles, combined with an engaging narrative. As the title suggests, the book takes inspiration from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, presenting puzzles that were supposedly shared between the travelers on their journey. This framing device adds an extra layer of intrigue to the collection, making it feel both educational and entertaining.

The puzzles themselves are cleverly designed, offering a wide spectrum of difficulty levels to cater to different interests and levels of expertise. From classic problems like the Monty Hall puzzle to more intricate geometric and numerical challenges, each puzzle is crafted with meticulous care, ensuring that readers will find themselves fully engrossed in the solving process.

Dudeney's explanations and solutions are clear and concise, making it accessible even to those who may be new to puzzle-solving. He provides step-by-step instructions, allowing readers to follow along and learn valuable problem-solving techniques. Additionally, the author's witty and charming writing style adds an extra layer of enjoyment to each puzzle, making the solving experience all the more delightful.

One of the standout aspects of this book is its ability to bridge the gap between entertainment and education. The puzzles not only entertain readers, but they also stimulate the mind and encourage critical thinking skills. This makes it an excellent resource for educators and parents looking to engage young minds in a fun and challenging way. Moreover, individuals interested in recreational mathematics or puzzles in general will find much to enjoy and learn from within these pages.

Overall, The Canterbury Puzzles and Other Curious Problems by Henry Ernest Dudeney is a must-read for puzzle enthusiasts and problem solvers of all ages. Its unique blend of storytelling and brain-teasing challenges ensures an enjoyable and rewarding experience for readers. Dudeney's brilliance shines through every page, making this collection a true gem in the realm of recreational mathematics.

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"It is a book of remarkable ingenuity and interest." Educational Times.

"The most ingenious brain in England ... a fascinating new book." Evening News.

"A capital book of posers." Daily News.

"The Puzzles ... reach the limit of ingenuity and intricacy; and it is well for the sanity of his readers that the author gives a list of solutions at the end of the book." Observer.

"A book that will provide much entertainment for Christmas gatherings ... ingenious puzzles and problems invented by 'Sphinx,' the Puzzle King." The Captain.

"Mr. Dudeney, whose reputation is world wide as the puzzle and problem maker of the age ... sure to find a wide circulation ... as attractive in appearance as its contents are fascinating." English Mechanic and World of Science.

"An exceedingly ingenious constructor and solver of fascinating puzzles, mathematical and otherwise." School Guardian.

"A book which ought to be highly popular ... it is all mighty ingenious, and very intelligently put before the reader." Sheffield Telegraph.

"It is matter for delight that Mr. Henry E. Dudeney has collected into a volume those mysterious puzzles of his which have appeared in many journals ... Continue reading book >>

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