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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 12. 1963.

Puzzle Your Brain

Puzzle Your Brain

Mathematics for Pleasure, by O. Jacoby, Gollancz, 191 pages, 21/-.

The title of this book is misleading. The book is not about the more pleasurable aspects of Mathematics, but is a collection of puzzles similar to those appearing in The Sports Post.

There are 161 problems in the book, set out in five chapters, with detailed solutions at the end of each chapter.

Mathematical knowledge is not needed, but an interest in the subject and a logical mind are both essential. The problems vary widely in standard, providing a challenge for all levels of intellect. However a number involve application of the same basic method—few people like doing the same problem twice.

The book will appeal only to a particular type of mind who will probably buy (or borrow—the price seems high) it after reading this review.

J. Powell.