Entertainment math

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Under entertainment mathematics is defined as the study of mathematical problems, which is operated primarily under the aspect of the pastime. This also includes brain teasers , mathematical puzzles and humorous glosses , which often present current topics in mathematics in an entertaining way. Examples of this are the mathematical conversations in the science magazine Spectrum of Science and the Logelei von Zweistein in the weekly newspaper Die Zeit .

Typical topics

Typical topics in entertainment mathematics are:


Well-known authors of entertainment mathematics are:

In Germany there are columns on entertainment mathematics and the like. a. from


The best known periodical is the Journal of Recreational Mathematics . Many other math journals, such as the American Mathematical Monthly and the Mathematical Intelligencer, have and have had sections on entertaining mathematics . Literature on entertainment mathematics can be found in the biographical articles on the main representatives mentioned above.

A collection of exercises from the Göttingen Mathematical Correspondence Circle is available online:

More books:

  • Albert H. Beiler: Recreations in the theory of numbers. The queen of mathematics entertains. Dover Publ. 1964, 2nd ed. 1966 ISBN 0-486-21096-0 .

In the general systematics for public libraries , the topic of entertainment mathematics is listed under the signature Tf (T = mathematics).

Web links

Commons : Conversational Mathematics  - collection of pictures, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Kaleidoscope of Mathematics. Deutscher Verlag der Wiss., Berlin 1959
  2. ^ Computational recreations in Mathematica . Addison-Wesley 1991, ISBN 0-201-52989-0 .