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Math Games with Bad Drawings: 75 1/4 Simple, Challenging, Go-Anywhere Games—And Why They Matter (Hardcover)
Bestselling author and worst-drawing artist Ben Orlin expands his oeuvre with this interactive collection of mathematical games. With 70-plus games, each taking a minute to learn and a lifetime to master, this treasure trove will delight, educate, and entertain.
From beloved math popularizer Ben Orlin comes a masterfully compiled collection of dozens of playable mathematical games.This ultimate game chest draws on mathematical curios, childhood classics, and soon-to-be classics, each hand-chosen to be (1) fun, (2) thought-provoking, and (3) easy to play. With just paper, pens, and the occasional handful of coins, you and a partner can enjoy hours of fun—and hours of challenge.
Orlin’s sly humor, expansive knowledge, and so-bad-they’re-good drawings show us how simple rules summon our best thinking.
- Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe
- Quantum Go Fish
- Dots and Boxes
- Black Hole
- Order and Chaos
- Paper Boxing
- Francoprussian Labyrinth
- Cats and Dogs
- And many more.
Ben Orlin is the author of Math with Bad Drawings (as well as the blog of the same name) and Change is the Only Constant. His writing on math and education has appeared in The Atlantic, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Vox, and Popular Science. He has taught middle and high school mathematics and has spoken about math and education at colleges and universities across the United States. He lives with his wife and daughter in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“I’m loving this math book with puzzles. Such a gentle, playful way to teach these abstract concepts. Like a pill pocket for math!”—Allie Brosh, author of Hyperbole and a Half
“Ben Orlin is such an interesting thinker, he is a wonderful mix of informed, funny and creative. This book is a delight, pages and pages of engaging math games. I will carry this with me everywhere, and my mathematical thinking will be better because of it.”—Jo Boaler, Stanford Professor & cofounder of youcubed
"Mathematicians keep insisting that math is fun, but most people who have taken a math class might be skeptical. Ben Orlin's new book of mathematical games reveals where the fun has been lurking all along. The games themselves are easy to learn, promise hours of enjoyment, and will introduce you to some pretty advanced concepts along the way."—Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
"A beautifully produced compendium of maths games that is destined to be a classic of popular maths literature."—Alex Bellos, The Guardian
"So good, I'm not even jealous.... It's just stellar."—Dan Finkel, co-creator of the award-winning games Prime Climb and Tiny Polka Dot