1st Edition

Train Your Brain
A Year's Worth of Puzzles

ISBN 9781568817101
Published April 22, 2011 by A K Peters/CRC Press
254 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Many people start the day with physical exercise but few seem to be so concerned with exercising the most human of organs-the brain. This book provides you with entertaining and challenging mental exercises for every week of the year. Whether you are a high school student eager to sharpen your brain, or someone older who would like to retain your mental agility, you will find your brain getting sharper and more agile as you solve the puzzles in this book. Read a few puzzles every week, think about them, solve them, and you will see the results. And on the way to a sharper mind, you will enjoy every step.

Table of Contents

The Gym
Black Belt
Mathematical Induction
Some Important Formulas
Prime Numbers
Prime Factorization
A Friendly Afterword to the Reader
Afterword to the English Translation

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George Grätzer is a distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba. He has published over 200 research publications and 25 books, including General Lattice Theory and Math into LaTex. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Sciences and an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.


This puzzle collection is a great assortment of mathematical-logical thought cultivators. It presents novel puzzles interspersed with a handful of classics. These challenging brainteasers will set students on a path of deductive reasoning.
—Michael Davis, Mathematics Teacher, November 2012

This is a perfectly delightful book which will provide many hours of pleasure to the mathematically inclined child or adult. It would be a nice birthday present, for example.
—Norman R. Draper, International Statistical Review, 2012

Train Your Brain is an enjoyable way to exercise your brain and spend a few spare minutes during the day. While this collection of math and logic puzzles vary in depth and complexity, they are certainly challenging enough to keep anyone engaged. I found the structure of Grätzer’s book to be particularly appealing. … I really enjoyed solving and attempting to solve the puzzles presented in this book. … most could be solved by anyone from an advanced high school student to a college student with a solid background in mathematics. There is something for everyone in this book.
—Janet Shiver, MAA Reviews, February 2012