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What are some good books to help me work out logical puzzles?

Asked by mathsphysicsnormally (324points) January 20th, 2011

I’m trying to remember the name or occupation title of this person I heard on radio 4 once, he was some sort of expert on puzzles and I was hoping if I remember him it would lead me to books similar to what he has learnt.

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BarnacleBill's avatar

Are you thinking of Martin Gardner? He died within the last year.

An older source of puzzles is Sam Loyd His puzzle column ran in newspapers in the early 1900’s.

I like to work the books of logic puzzles with the deductive reasoning grids. Games magazine also has a lot of logic puzzles.

jerv's avatar

I am a fan of Raymond Smullyan.

He has written 11 (eleven!) books of logic puzzles, and they are pretty deep.

cockswain's avatar

I also like Smullyan. I really liked “What is the Name of This Book” as a teen.

quarkquarkquark's avatar

This is tangential, but if you’re interested in puzzles, chess problems are great and incredibly engaging.

stratman37's avatar

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael Gelb

stratman37's avatar

A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative by Roger VonOech

mathsphysicsnormally's avatar

Is that book similar to what I’m on about or just a good puzzle book?

jerv's avatar

Well, if you want logic puzzles and an explanation of each solution (as opposed to just the answer) then simian Smullyan is a good bet.

mathsphysicsnormally's avatar

OK I’ll see if my local library has it or I’ll look for a PDF version before buying it.

jerv's avatar

As I said, he wrote eleven books, so I’m sure that you can find at least one of them at the library.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Smullyan is indeed excellent. If you just want puzzles, try a Mensa book.

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