Some Books on Tessellations, Polyominoes  & Recreational Mathematics

that happen to be in my beloved, overflowing but perhaps underused library.

A List in Progress (a long way to go)

(Published in London unless otherwise stated)

A Couple of scholarly Books on Tessellations alone:

Grünbaum, Branko and Shephard,G.C., Tilings and Patterns An Introduction, New York: W.H.Freeman, 1989  (an accessible version of part of their Tilings and Patterns, but a standard work in its own right)

Wollny, Wolfgang, Reguläre Parkettierung der euklidischen Ebene durch unbeschränkte Bereiche, Mannheim: Bibliographisches Institut, 1969 (rather less accessible)

 Tessellations, Labyrinths, Art & Mathematics more generally:

Matthews, W.R., B.Sc., Mazes and Labyrinths  A General Account of their History and Development, Longmans, green and Co., 1922

Dye, Daniel Sheets, Chinese Lattice Designs, New York: Dover, 1974 ISBN 0 486 23096 1

Woodman, Anne & Albany, Eric, Mathematics through Art and Design 6 – 13, Unwin Hyman, 1990 ISBN 0 7135 2839 7

Bord, Janet, Mazes and Labyrinths of the World, New York: E.P.Dutton, 1976               ISBN 0 525 47441 2

Dixon, Robert, Mathographics, Basil Blackwell, 1987  ISBN 0 631  14827 2

Pietgeg, Hans-Otto et several, Fractals for the Classroom: Strategic Activities Volume One,  New York: Springer, 1991 ISBN 0 387 97346 X  or 3 540 97346 X

Two Books on Polyominoes, an Alternative Approach to Tiling Patterns

Golomb, Solomon W. (with diagrams by Warren Lushbaugh), Polyominoes, George Allen & Unwin, 1965

Martin, George E., Polyominoes A Guide to Puzzles and Problems in Tiling, (Somewhere): Mathematical Association of America,1996  ISBN 0 88385 501 1

Early Classics in the Recreational Mathematics Genre:

Dudeney, Henry Ernest, The Canterbury Puzzles, Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1919

Dudeney, Henry Ernest, Modern Puzzles and how to solve them, C. Arthur Pearson, 1926

Dudeney, Henry Ernest, Amusements in Mathematics, Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1917

Rouse Ball, W.W., Mathematical Recreations and Essays, Macmillan and Co., Sixth Edition 1914. (my copy contains correspondence between WWRB and Charles Thomas Whitmell)

Some of Martin Gardner’s great Compilations from his Scientific American Column:

The Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles & Diversions, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959

The 2nd Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles & Diversions, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961

Mathematical Circus, Allen Lane, 1982 ISBN 0 7139 1375 4

Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers, Mew York: W.H.Freeman, 1989 ISBN 0 7167 1987 8

Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions from Scientific American, G. Bell and Sons 1961 (UK edition of the first item)

More Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions from Scientific American, G. Bell and Sons, 1963  (UK edition of the second item)

Martin Gardner’s Sixth Book of Mathematical Games from Scientific American, San Francisco, 1971 ISBN 0 7167 0944 9

Mathematical Carnival, George Allen & Unwin, 1976  ISBN 0 04 793025 X

TO BE EXPANDED! (I love these books)

Advanced Mathematics and Science made Accessible (maybe) and Exciting

Derbyshire, John, Prime Obsession Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved problem in Mathematics, New York; Penguin Group, 2004 ISBN 978 0 452 28525 5

Pernrose, Roger, The Road to Reality  A complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe, Vintage books, 2005  ISBN 978 0 099 44068 0


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