Detectives

Adrián Paenza

NON FICTION. SUDAMERICANA, 2015. 416 PAGES.

Adrián Paenza, the father of recreational mathematics, asks us to put on our detective hats to work out the problems posed by these mathematical mysteries. Each story will take you to perplexing places, for example: an anti-social bar with space for 25 people where the barman will have to work out where to place the first customer so as to fit in as many people as he can while leaving a seat in between each of them. You'll go to a ping-pong tournament between three friends that takes all afternoon: the first played 10 matches, the second 15 and the third 17. The challenge will be to work out who won the second game. And you'll also be part of a multi-million dollar dispute between two companies that will be decided by, oh yes, a game of stone, paper, scissors.

Maths is full of intrigue and mystery. It's about thinking, gathering all the available information, combining the two, identifying the obstacles and uncovering the secrets that still lurk within this wonderful science.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish SUDAMERICANA

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