Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Math Behind the Worlds Most Popular Pencil Puzzle

Hardcover | December 21, 2011

byJason Rosenhouse, Laura Taalman

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Venues that publish Sudoku puzzles are quick to assure readers that, the presence of numbers notwithstanding, no mathematics is required to solve them. In so doing they perpetuate a tragic misunderstanding of mathematics, one that equates it with the drudgery of rote arithmetic. Though Sudokupuzzles do not directly involve arithmetic, they are all about mathematics. Taking Sudoku Seriously sets out to correct this error by using Sudoku puzzles as the foundation for an introduction to higher mathematics. The clear thinking and logical reasoning used in solving Sudoku are precisely the tools employed by research mathematicians in their work. Questions a curious person might ask about Sudoku lead naturally to ideas in combinatorics, graph theory and algebra. The mechanics of generating interestingpuzzles force you to confront the difficulties inherent in searching large spaces. This book is the very first of its kind to connect Sudoku puzzles with these key mathematical concepts. As both a math book and a puzzle book, it will change the readers look at both Sudoku and mathematics, servingboth as a gateway to mathematics for Sudoku fans and as an exploration of the intricacies of Sudoku for mathematics buffs.Since mathematics is learned by doing, the book includes a large number of intriguing puzzles, many of them novel variations on Sudoku. This visually stunning and elegantly written book will appeal to anyone with a taste for mathematics. Even better, those who claim they do not like mathematicsmight find that they have simply never encountered the real thing. With high school mathematics as the only prerequisite, this book is accessible to nearly anyone.

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Venues that publish Sudoku puzzles are quick to assure readers that, the presence of numbers notwithstanding, no mathematics is required to solve them. In so doing they perpetuate a tragic misunderstanding of mathematics, one that equates it with the drudgery of rote arithmetic. Though Sudokupuzzles do not directly involve arithmetic, ...

Jason Rosenhouse is Associate Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University and author of The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math's Most Contentious Brain Teaser. Laura Taalman is Associate Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University and co-founder of Brainfreeze Puzzles. Her research includes singular alge...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:December 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199756562

ISBN - 13:9780199756568

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Table of Contents

1. Playing the GameMathematics as Applied Puzzle-Solving2. Latin SquaresWhat Do Mathematicians Do?3. Greco-Latin SquaresThe Problem of the Thirty-Six Officers4. CountingIt's Harder Than it Looks5. Equivalence ClassesThe Importance of Being Essentially Identical6. SearchingThe Art of Finding Needles in Haystacks7. GraphsDots, Lines and Sudoku8. PolynomialsWe Finally Found a Use For Algebra9. ExtremesSudoku Pushed to its Limits10. EpilogueYou Can Never Have Too Many PuzzlesSolutions to Puzzles