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Chronology of Recreational Mathematics

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Author:Mario Velucchi
Description: David Singmaster's list of events from circa 2700BC to 1993, with references, includes how in Greek mythology, Palamedes was the inventor of dice; in 1392, three packs of cards were made for Charles VI of France; in 1605, Cervantes' Don Quixote gives Sentinel Paradox; in 1640, a letter to Mersenne mentions a Magic Triangle and a Magic Hexagon; in 1733, Buffon invents Buffon's Needle Problem; in 1950, Flood & Dresher identify Prisoners' Dilemma. Also available at http://anduin.eldar.org/~problemi/singmast/recchron.html. For other notes on recreational mathematics, see the essay The Unreasonable Utility of Recreational Mathematics," Singmaster's original list of available material and publications, Queries on Sources in Recreational Mathematics, Queries on Middle-Eastern Sources in Recreational Mathematics, Queries on Russian Sources in Recreational Mathematics, and Queries on Oriental Sources in Recreational Mathematics.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles, Dictionaries, Glossaries, Thesauri
Math Topics: History and Biography

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