Martin Gardner was the creator of the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for 25 years, during which time he devoted a column every six months or so to brief arithmetic problems or puzzles that he found interesting. He took extra care to include puzzles that were fresh and unfamiliar to the public, and that had not previously appeared in classic collections such as those by Sam Loyd and Henry Dudeney.
In later years, similar puzzles were collected in book collections, with reader feedback on alternate solutions and interesting generalizations being incorporated into the compilations. Approximately 70 of the best of these brain teasers are included in this volume, with some of the puzzles having connections to recent developments in the field of mathematics or science.
To test their logic and basic math skills, puzzle fans can now try their hand at problems like The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Cheatboard, Scrambled Box Tops, The Fork in the Road, The Bronx vs. Brooklyn, Touching Cigarettes, and 64 other challenging problems involving logic and fundamental math. There are solutions provided.