The Puzzle Instinct

The Puzzle Instinct

The Meaning of Puzzles in Human Life

eBook - 2002
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Annotation "Humans are the only animals who create and solve puzzles -- for the sheer pleasure of it -- and there is no obvious genetic reason why we would do this. Marcel Danesi explores the psychology of puzzles and puzzling, with scores of classic examples. His pioneering book is both entertaining and enlightening."--Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times ..". Puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis."--Psychology Today ..". a bristlingly clear ... always intriguing survey of the history and rationale of puzzles ... [A] splendid study ..."--Knight Ridder Newspapers.
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2002.
ISBN: 9780253340948
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 volume)


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Oct 28, 2015

Organized by type of puzzle and proceeding historically, this clear and concise book is really too short, considering the interest it can motivate in the reader. A large and useful bibliography, including some old works available online (De Morgan, Carroll, Boole, and others at archive dot org).

unbalancedbutfair Aug 04, 2012

An excellent, excellent book. The author delves into the history of puzzles with examples of them as he goes. There is depth to it, but unlike most university press books it doesn't speak down to or condescend to the reader. This is everything a book published by an academic ought to be: it's accessible to the general public while still being insightful and intriguing. Truly a great book that anyone who is interested in puzzles, mathematics, or meaning ought to read.

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