Sensational Shape Problems and Other Puzzles – Book

Sensational Shape Problems and Other Puzzles - Book

Sensational Shape Problems and Other Puzzles – Book Author: Ivan Moscovich ISBN: 1402723474 EAN: 9781402723476 Avid puzzle mavens will spend hours slicing and dicing these wildly-hued brainbusters. That’s because so many of the problems deal with dissecting geometric shapes–polygons, hexagons, squares, even a chessboard–into congruent parts or figuring out how the split parts would fit back together again. For example, to complete “Exploding Star,” solvers have to copy the star in the book, cut it carefully into 12 colored pieces, and then rearrange them into four identical replicas of the big star. But this tough but fascinating collection has lots more to offer: there are tangram paradoxes that offer a new spin on the ancient Chinese game, mathematical conundrums dealing with weight and gravity, Egyptian rope puzzles, and host of other complex challenges.

The simplicity of the puzzles is misleading. Although the concept is quite simple – finding the pieces and repairing them together – an amazing level of mental activity is required to complete the necessary steps to complete a puzzle. Psychological studies have identified a number of thought processes that are necessary to achieve what is in fact a complex process of identifying shapes and images and relating them to a general pattern. More importantly, solving puzzles is great work for the brain and can have therapeutic benefits.

Buy Now