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Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook You

Our list of some of the best Math Puzzle books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations (Dover Recreational Math) (1992)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouThis is, quite simply, the best and most popular puzzle book ever published in the Soviet Union. Since its first appearance in 1956 there have been eight editions as well as translations from the original Russian into Ukrainian, Estonian, Lettish, and Lithuanian. Almost a million copies of the Russian version alone have been sold.Part of the reason for the book’s success is its marvelously varied assortment of brainteasers ranging from simple “catch” riddles to difficult problems (none, however, requiring advanced mathematics). Many of the puzzles will be new to Western readers, while…
Author(s): Boris A. Kordemsky

2. 101 Daily Math Puzzles for Kids!: For Students in Grades 3-8 (2019)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouWho says that learning math has to be boring?Your kids will love solving these fun emoji math puzzles, which cover topics including:-logical thinking -order of operations -fractions and ratios -decimals -factoring -function tables -area models -hundreds charts -and much more!The puzzles range from basic to advanced and ideal for students in grades 3 through 8.Your kids will be thinking and solving problems algebraically (often way before they ever take an algebra class!)It even includes special themed challenges for every national holiday.Answer key…
Author(s): Mashup Math

3. 300+ Mathematical Pattern Puzzles: Number Pattern Recognition & Reasoning (Improve Your Math Fluency) (2015)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouEnjoy a variety of mathematical pattern puzzles. It starts out easy with basic patterns and simple puzzles, and the challenge level grows progressively. This way, puzzlers of all ages and abilities can enjoy many of the patterns and puzzles in this book.Patterns include: Challenge yourself and develop useful skills: Answers and explanations for all puzzles can be found at the back of the book.Each chapter begins with a brief introduction or review of the relevant concepts, followed by 2-3 examples of pattern puzzles with explanations. #61,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #5 in Teen & Young Adult Puzzle Games…
Author(s): Chris McMullen

4. The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book: Brain Teasers, Games, and Activities for Hours of Fun (2003)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouStump your friends and family! Who knew that math could be so cool? Crammed with games, puzzles, and trivia, The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book puts the fun back into playing with numbers! If you have any fear of math—or are just tired of sitting in a classroom—The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book provides hours of entertainment. You’ll get so caught up in the activities, you won’t even know you’re learning! Inside, you’ll be able to: Decode hidden messages using Roman numerals Connect the dots using simple…
Author(s): Meg Clemens , Sean Clemens, et al.

5. LOGITICA : Improve Your Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills: The Brain Behind the Brain (2019)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouAttention: Parents and KIDS: Learn faster in school and life and also retain more of what you learn. This book is a  perfect gift for your kids (secondary school and beyond) for improving their Cognitive  abilities. Read further below to know the real benefits of reading each chapters in Logitica. Logitica created by an author, who memorized first 1500 digits of Pi (π) and now is ranked among the top 150 on the Pi World Ranking List. LOGITICA stimulates brainpower and can be considered “The Brain Behind the Brain.”Pages: 300+ pages.Improve your…
Author(s): Neelabh Kumar

6. Math Puzzles Volume 1: Classic Riddles and Brain Teasers In Counting, Geometry, Probability, And Game Theory (2015)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouYou want to cut a tortilla into 8 pieces. What’s the minimum number of cuts you need to make? Is it statistically harder to guess an iPhone password that uses 3-digits or one that uses 4 unique digits? Two friends agree to meet up in a bar between midnight and 1 am. Each arrives at a random time and will wait 10 minutes for the other to show before leaving. What is the probability the two will meet at the bar? What if they are playing strategically? The YouTube channel and blog Mind Your Decisions has millions of views for math videos and posts. This book…
Author(s): Presh Talwalkar

7. The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time: A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay (2018)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouSolve history’s greatest puzzles with this classic collection of brain teasers from The Best Brain Teasers of All Time.The best brain teasers are those that have challenged and captivated the attention of puzzle lovers throughout time. Collected here to keep your wits sharp, The Best Brain Teasers of All Time features the cleverest brain teasers from around the world and throughout history.The Best Brain Teasers of All Time gives you hours of fun-filled entertainment with brain teasers that develop your problem-solving skills in math, logic, and wordplay. Organized as an integrated challenge, these brain teasers build in momentum as they…
Author(s): Danesi Ph.D, Marcel

8. The Original Area Mazes: 100 Addictive Puzzles to Solve with Simple Math―and Clever Logic! (2017)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouOnce you match wits with area mazes, you’ll be hooked! Your quest is to navigate a network of rectangles to find a missing value.Just Remember: Originally invented for gifted students, area mazes (menseki meiro), have taken all of Japan by storm. Are you a sudoku fanatic? Do you play brain games to stay sharp? Did you love geometry . . . or would you like to finally show it who’s boss? Feed your brain some area mazes—they could be just what you’re craving!…
Author(s): Naoki Inaba , Ryoichi Murakami, et al.

9. Math Bafflers, Book 1: Logic Puzzles That Use Real-World Math, Grades 3-5 (2011)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook You“Math Bafflers” requires students to use creativity, critical thinking, and logical reasoning to perform a variety of operations and skills that align with state and national math standards. The book covers real-life situations requiring math skills, such as distance, liquid measures, money, time, weight, sequencing, comparison, age, area, and percentages, along with operations such as fractions, exponents, algebra, place value, and number lines. Students will make hypotheses, organize information, draw conclusions, and use syllogistic thinking. Teachers can feel confident that they are providing challenges and reinforcing…
Author(s): Marilynn Rapp Buxton, Joshua Krezinski

10. Perfectly Logical!: Challenging Fun Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles for Smart Kids (2019)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouLearn logic the fun way―with PUZZLES!Find the missing pattern pieces. Break codes and secret messages. Discover visual connections. With ten chapters of puzzles, each with its own set of unique challenges, this book has all the logic and brain teasing fun a child could want!Perfectly Logical helps curious kids ages 8-12 develop logical reasoning and critical thinking skills while having a blast (that’s the most important part). With puzzles that progressively increase in difficulty, this book engages and challenges kids for hours on end.Inside this logic puzzles for kids book,…
Author(s): Jenn Larson

11. Logitica: Learn Logic and Math Together (2019)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouAttention parents: With Logitica your kids will develop the logical thinking needed to learn faster and succeed in all subjects. Logitica specifically teaches how to approach different types of mathematical problems in a logical manner and presents the concepts in an interesting, fun and unique way. The book has been provided with 200+ problems spread across 7 chapters.An ideal gift for 9+ year olds. An unique book on 3-step approach on logic building: Challenge, Strategy, Answer.Whether your child’s future includes developing the next big app or video game, designing robots or embarking on a professional career in almost any field, they…
Author(s): Neelabh Kumar

12. Riddles and Brain Teasers for Adults and Smart Kids: 301 Challenging Riddles, Brain Teasers and Lateral Thinking Puzzles that Families Will Love! (2019)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouARE YOU READY TO BE CHALLENGED?Can you solve this?A man wants to enter an exclusive club, but he doesn’t know the password, so he watches the bouncer to figure it out. A woman comes up and the bouncer says, “12.” The woman replies, “6.” The bouncer lets her in.Another woman comes up and the bouncer says, “6.” The woman says “3” and the bouncer lets her in.The man feels he’s heard enough and goes up to the door. The bouncer says “10,” and the man replies, “5.” The bouncer tells him to get lost.What should the man have said instead?This is just a taste of the…
Author(s): Marie Freeman

13. Math Puzzles and Games, Grades 6-8: Over 300 Reproducible Puzzles that Teach Math and Problem Solving (2009)

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook YouNumber puzzles, spatial/visual puzzles, cryptograms, Sudoku, Kokuro, logic puzzles, and word games like Frame Games are all a great way to teach math and problem-solving skills to elementary and middle school students. In these two new collections, puzzle master Terry Stickels provides puzzles and brain games that range from simple to challenging and are organized by grade level and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) content areas. Each book offers over 300 brain games that will help students learn core math concepts and develop critical thinking skills. The books include…
Author(s): Terry Stickels

Best Math Puzzle Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some math puzzle books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Ahmes’ Legacy. Puzzles and the Mathematical Mind

Author(s): Marcel Danesi
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2248781

Ahmes’ Legacy: Puzzles and the Mathematical Mind

Author(s): Marcel Danesi
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311010

Math Lab for Kids: Fun, Hands-On Activities for Learning with Shapes, Puzzles, and Games

Author(s): Rebecca Rapoport, J.A. Yoder
Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2017, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1628200

The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations

Author(s): Boris A Kordemsky; Martin Gardner (ed.)
Publisher: Pma Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 16 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2112205

The Original Area Mazes: 100 Addictive Puzzles to Solve with Simple Math―and Clever Logic!

Author(s): Naoki Inaba, Ryoichi Murakami
Publisher: The Experiment, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2333198

The Call of the Primes: Surprising Patterns, Peculiar Puzzles, and Other Marvels of Mathematics

Author(s): Owen O’Shea
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Year: 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1530338

The population explosion and other mathematical puzzles

Author(s): Hess, Dick
Publisher: World Scientific, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1711362

Well played : building mathematical thinking through number games and puzzles, grades K-2

Author(s): Dacey, Linda Schulman; Gartland, Karen; Lynch, Jayne Bamford
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers, Year: 2016, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1711369

The Population Explosion and other Mathematical Puzzles

Author(s): Dick Hess
Publisher: World Scientific, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1711437

Permutation Puzzles: A Mathematical Perspective [Lecture notes]

Author(s): Jamie Mulholland
Publisher: , Year: 2016, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2093483

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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