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The Resource Adventures in group theory : Rubik's Cube, Merlin's machine, and other mathematical toys, David Joyner

Adventures in group theory : Rubik's Cube, Merlin's machine, and other mathematical toys, David Joyner

Label
Adventures in group theory : Rubik's Cube, Merlin's machine, and other mathematical toys
Title
Adventures in group theory
Title remainder
Rubik's Cube, Merlin's machine, and other mathematical toys
Statement of responsibility
David Joyner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher's description: Group theory deals with symmetry, in the most abstract form possible. It is a core part of the undergraduate math curriculum, and forms part of the training of theoretical physicists and chemical crystallographers. Group theory has tended to be very dry--until now. David Joyner uses mathematical toys (primarily the Rubik's Cube and its more modern cousins, the Megaminx, the Pyraminx, and so on) as well as other mathematical examples (e.g., bell ringing) to breathe new life into a time-honored subject. "Why," asks the author, "should two such different topics, mechanical puzzles and abstract group theory, be related? This book takes the reader on an intellectual trip to answer this curiosity." Adventures in Group Theory will not only appeal to all math enthusiasts and interested general readers but will also find use in the classroom as a wonderful supplementary text in any abstract algebra or group theory course
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Joyner, David
Dewey number
512/.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA174.2
LC item number
.J69 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Group theory
  • Mathematical recreations
Label
Adventures in group theory : Rubik's Cube, Merlin's machine, and other mathematical toys, David Joyner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Elementary my dear Watson -- 'And you do addition?' -- Bell ringing and other permutations -- Procession of permutation puzzles -- What's commutative and purple? -- Welcome to the machine -- 'God's algorithm' and graphs -- Symmetry and the Platonic solids -- Illegal cube group -- Words which move -- (Legal) Rubik's Cube group -- Squares, two-faces, and other subgroups -- Other Rubik-like puzzle groups -- Crossing the Rubicon -- Some solution strategies -- Coda : questions and other directions
Control code
48013200
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 262 pages
Isbn
9780801869471
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001050252
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)48013200
Label
Adventures in group theory : Rubik's Cube, Merlin's machine, and other mathematical toys, David Joyner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Elementary my dear Watson -- 'And you do addition?' -- Bell ringing and other permutations -- Procession of permutation puzzles -- What's commutative and purple? -- Welcome to the machine -- 'God's algorithm' and graphs -- Symmetry and the Platonic solids -- Illegal cube group -- Words which move -- (Legal) Rubik's Cube group -- Squares, two-faces, and other subgroups -- Other Rubik-like puzzle groups -- Crossing the Rubicon -- Some solution strategies -- Coda : questions and other directions
Control code
48013200
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 262 pages
Isbn
9780801869471
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001050252
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)48013200

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