Aha! Insight by Martin Gardner

By Martin Gardner

Aha! perception demanding situations the reader's reasoning strength and instinct whereas encouraging the advance of 'aha! reactions'.

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The Western books even copied errors in the Chinese illustrations. One of the earliest English books on tangrams, originally owned by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll), came into Dudeney's possession. It is called The Fashionable ChinesePuzzle and was first published in New York in 1817. " This too is an unsupported statement, undoubtedly false. The puzzle is said by Loyd to have been a favorite of John Quincy Adams's and Gustave Dort's, although I know of no basis for either assertion.

This is totally wrong. The man responsible for the myth is none other than Sam Loyd. In 1903, when Loyd was sixty-one and at the height of his fame, he published a little book (now extremely rare) called The Eighth Book ofTan. No Western book on tangrams has been more original or influential. In addition to containing hundreds of excellent new figures, Loyd invented a preposterous legend about the pastime's origin. It was the greatest hoax in the history of puzzledom, and the number of intelligent people taken in by it rivals the number of scholars who accepted H.

If the is equal to the sum of two consecutive squares: (3n right side of the equation, which defines a square, is multiplied by 3, and 2 is added, the result is 3m2 2. This equals the sum of three consecutive squares m2 (m (m - + + + + + + + + + ADDENDUM I asked if a hex number could be both triangular and square. The answer is: only hex number 1. The proof was given by Charles M. Grinstead, a mathematician at Swarthmore College, in his paper "On a Method of Solving a Class of Diophantine Equations" (Mathematics of Computation 32, July 1978, pp.

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