The Canterbury Puzzles and other Curious Problem


    THE author of this little book is a well-known expert in the invention and solution of puzzles. Those which he presents to the reader are in the main entirely original; those which are not so are given in a new dress. Puzzles can be made, as the author says, out oof almost any materials, and most people are familiar with specimens made out of matches, cards, coins, 051c. Generally speaking, they are in essence either of an arithmetical or geometrical character, and involve, consciously or unconsciously, mathematical processes. An inferior class it is difficult to deal with except by some tentative process which involves no clear line of reasoning; such, for instance, are certain dissection problems which ate of the nature of “patience,” and are not good exercises for the intellect. Mr. Dudeney may be congratulated on having excluded these from his book.

    The Canterbury Puzzles and other Curious Problem.

    By H. E. Dudeney. Pp. xxiii + 195. (London: W. Heinemann, 1907.) Price 3s. 6d.

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    The Canterbury Puzzles and other Curious Problem . Nature 77, 341 (1908).

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