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This article presents information on a logic and computation puzzle called KenKen. It explains that KenKen is increasingly becoming popular and it already made its way in newspapers, books and the Internet. KenKen combines the logical aspect of the popular Sudoku game with the exciting challenge of mathematics. Japanese mathematics teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto created KenKen in 2004. In Japanese, KenKen means wisdom squared. It presents several KenKen puzzles to answer.
The article provides information on top crossword puzzle editor and Kenken expert, Will Shortz. He is works for The New York Times and has done about 400 puzzle books. He is responsible for introducing the Japanese puzzle Kenken to The New York Times and is gaining popularity. Will Shortz is the only person who has graduated with a degree in enigmatoloty, the study of puzzles.
Sudoku’s spreading faster than you can count to nine. But these seriously addictive, completely captivating puzzles can get fans a little gridlocked from time to time. They’ll be able to get back in the game with the help of mathematician and bestselling author Robin Wilson--himself a sudoku aficionado. He’s got the solution to unraveling these conundrums, with 52 tried and tested tips and tactics. How to Solve Sudoku takes you through them, one by one, with plenty of examples and practice grids so that you can hone your skills before you move on to the next fiendish brainteaser.
Taking Sudoku Seriously (Purchase Ebook?) by Jason Rosenhouse; Laura Taalman
Call Number: OverDrive
ISBN: 9780199756568
Publication Date: 2012
Venues that publish Sudoku puzzles are quick to assure readers that, the presence of numbers notwithstanding, no mathematics is required to solve them. In so doing they perpetuate a tragic misunderstanding of mathematics, one that equates it with the drudgery of rote arithmetic. Though Sudokupuzzles do not directly involve arithmetic, they are all about mathematics. Taking Sudoku Seriously sets out to correct this error by using Sudoku puzzles as the foundation for an introduction to higher mathematics.The clear thinking and logical reasoning used in solving Sudoku are precisely the tools employed by research mathematicians in their work. Questions a curious person might ask about Sudoku lead naturally to ideas in combinatorics, graph theory and algebra. The mechanics of generating interestingpuzzles force you to confront the difficulties inherent in searching large spaces. This book is the very first of its kind to connect Sudoku puzzles with these key mathematical concepts. As both a math book and a puzzle book, it will change the readers look at both Sudoku and mathematics, servingboth as a gateway to mathematics for Sudoku fans and as an exploration of the intricacies of Sudoku for mathematics buffs.Since mathematics is learned by doing, the book includes a large number of intriguing puzzles, many of them novel variations on Sudoku. This visually stunning and elegantly written book will appeal to anyone with a taste for mathematics. Even better, those who claim they do not like mathematicsmight find that they have simply never encountered the real thing. With high school mathematics as the only prerequisite, this book is accessible to nearly anyone.