Puzzle Books

Home / Puzzle Projects / News & Articles /
Our highly recommended selection of the coolest books about Puzzles, Illusions, Tricks, Toys, and much, much more...
The Anchor Puzzle Book
The Anchor Puzzle Book
by Jerry Slocum and Dieter Gebhardt
with Dic Sonneveld, Harold Raizer and Jack Botermans
The amazing stories of 53 new puzzles made of stone. F. Ad. Richter began selling the first Anchor Stone puzzle in 1890, and the same puzzle is still being produced 120 years later. The first puzzle was the Chinese Tangram and it was so successful that Richter designed and produced four new puzzles within the next two years. His success was due to the attractive look and feel of the stones and by the beautiful graphics by the best German artists on the covers of the boxes and problem books.
Read More  |  Learn More
The Simple Book of Not-So-Simple Puzzles by Serhiy Grabarchuk, Peter Grabarchuk, and Serhiy Grabarchuk, Jr.
The Simple Book of Not-So-Simple Puzzles
by Serhiy Grabarchuk, Peter Grabarchuk, and Serhiy Grabarchuk, Jr.
More than a hundred original and creative puzzles from the Grabarchuk family group. The puzzles collected in the book are very different but they all require "out of the box" approach and are based heavily on a visual appeal. Many puzzles from the book will definitely become classic one day. Just to name some types of puzzles from the book: logical, visual, puzzles with coins and matchsticks, spatial, dot-connecting, and more.
Read More  |  Buy at Amazon  |  Go to Publisher
The New Puzzle Classics: Ingenious Twists on Timeless Favorites  - by Serhiy Grabarchuk
The New Puzzle Classics: Ingenious Twists on Timeless Favorites
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
More than 200 original puzzle ideas. A foreword by the famous New York Times crossword puzzle editor and NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle master Will Shortz. An official MENSA puzzle book. These are only several reasons in a bigger list of why it is worth to have this book. They say the book is destined to become a classic. Another reason?..
Read More  |  Read More  |  Author
World Class Puzzles from the WPCs, Volume 3
World Class Puzzles from the World Puzzle Championships
Volume 3
This book is published in March 2002 by Random House Puzzles & Games, and continues the series of puzzle collections from all the World Puzzle Championships started in New York in 1992. 

This nice puzzle collection includes the puzzles from the 2000 US/Canadian Team Qualifying Test and the 9th World Puzzle Championship (WPC) hosted by the US Puzzle Team in Stamford, Connecticut, October 11-16, 2000. 

The book is available at all quality local and online bookstores. ISBN: 0812933087.
Published by Random Hause Puzzles & Games
The Colossal Book of Mathematics by Martin Gardner
The Colossal Book of Mathematics

Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems
by Martin Gardner 

In the preface to this really colossal (736 pages!!) book Martin Gardner says that his long and happy relationship with Scientific American began in 1952 with an article on the history of logic machines - curious devices for solving problems in formal logic. And that it was an article on hexaflexagones, which in December of 1956 started in Scientific American the regular, now legendary, column titled "Mathematical Games" ran for twenty-five years - a quarter of a century!

Since then fifteen anthologies of these monthly columns have been published, and now Martin Gardner selected his best columns which brought the greatest reader response, and made this one-of-a-kind super collection. To every of 50 chapters placed in twelve sections Martin Gardner added a lengthy addendum and selected bibliography.

The Colossal Book of Mathematics is the most comprehensive math book ever assembled by Martin Gardner, and, undoubtedly, every math and puzzle lover will be delighted to have and read this definitive collection from America's most popular mathematical expert.
Published by W.W. Norton & Company
A Gardner's Workout by Martin Gardner
A Gardner's Workout

Training the Mind and Entertaining the Spirit
by Martin Gardner

This new collection of math puzzles and problems from his legendary math workshop, Martin Gardner, the Grand Master of recreational mathematics, has dedicated to “all the underpaid teachers of mathematics everywhere, who love their subject and are able to communicate that love to their students.” Gardner's Workout contains math pieces not previously published in book form. Without doubt, this book will be a fantastic gift to everyone who loves recreational math, and admires Gardner's endless talent.
Published by AK Peters Ltd.
Dissections: Plane & Fancy by Greg Frederickson
Dissections: Plane & Fancy
by Greg Frederickson
Martin Gardner said that no other person in the World knows more about geometric dissections than Greg Frederickson. Just explore Greg's unique book and you'll understand why. The book explores geometric dissections - cuttings of one or more figures into pieces that can be rearranged to form other figures, and includes a huge variety of dissections from ancient geometrical gems to new unpublished discoveries accompanied by hundreds of diagrams. In the book you'll find the techniques, historical origins and short biographies of the people who have worked on these problems.
Published by Cambridge University Press  |  Author
The Art of Optical Illusions by Al Seckel
The Art of Optical Illusions 
by Al Seckel 
This book is the best collection of illusions ever published. You'll find in the book about 150 illusions - old favorites and very recent discoveries, with brief scientific explanations for each effect. This book, full of delightful and perplexing, simple and sophisticated illusions, will provide hours of pleasure for you, your family, and friends, and will be interesting and useful for students and puzzle lovers, for young and old alike. The Art of Optical Illusions book is the 1st Place winner by the American Library Association, 2001. See details about the book at Illusionworks.
Published by Carlton Books  |  See Details
The Puzzle Arcade by Jerry Slocum
The Puzzle Arcade
For People Who Like Lots of Hints
by Jerry Slocum
Jerry Slocum is one of the World's biggest puzzle collectors, and President of the Slocum Puzzle Foundation established by himself in 1993 to educate the public on puzzles and support puzzling in education. This book contains several dozens of the best puzzles from Jerry's unbelievable collection - more than 40,000 mechanical puzzles now! They are selected to be suitable for puzzle solvers ages 4 through 8. Over a dozen of puzzles included in this unique book are real - ready-to-solve - high quality pieces. Just take and solve! And what is more, the book has a lo-o-o-o-ot of hints for people who like puzzle solving, but sometimes need to cheat (just a little!) when got desperate.
Published by Klutz
Inversions by Scott Kim
by Scott Kim
This one-of-a-kind book is about play with words, but with their visual side rather than with their meaning. Many words or even sentences have some kind of symmetry - palindromes, words with mirror symmetry, or words that have exactly the same or totally another (and still meaningful!) spelling when reading in a mirror. Scott Kim has added to this traditional wordplay a new and really fantastic level designing word-images which show you symmetry in a totally new fashion. You'll find in the book many unusual and perfectly symmetric patterns of different kind, and very interesting and useful comments and explanations, how to create your own Inversions.
Published by Key Curriculum Press  |  Author
The Magic Show by Mark Setteducati and Anne Benkowitz
The Magic Show 
by Mark Setteducati and Anne Benkowitz 
"The First-Ever Self-Performing Book Of Illusion". Just take it in your hands and... welcome to the Magic Show. Dazzle yourself and then dazzle your family and friends with 12 awe-inspiring tricks. Every page in this book is a trick itself, ready to be performed immediately. Cards, dominoes, vanishes, magic numbers, illusions... Feel free to be a performer and a spectator at once. A simple reset system of the book allows you to come back to every trick again and again. Let this book be your helper in your first-ever Magic Show - and even if your spectators are familiar with the most of these tricks bet there will be at least one trick that will make them say "How?" or "Why?"
Published by Workman Publishing  |  Author
Last Updated: November 3, 2012 top
Drop Quotes
Puzzle Help
Packs & Collections
News & Articles
Puzzle News
Puzzle Articles
Puzzle Books
Assisted & Associated
ThinkFun Products
Discover More

< Home   |   Our Privacy Policy   |   About Puzzles.COM   |   Link to Us   |   Contact Us
Copyright © 1995-2012 ThinkFun Inc. All Rights Reserved.
ThinkFun - Everybody plays.