Great Math Puzzles

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Peg Solitaire

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Solitaire Semi-Precious stones peg solitaire

You begin with a configuration where there's a hole in the center, while all other are filled with marbles (or called pegs). You can remove a peg by jumping one over it. The goal is to leave just 1 peg on the board.

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math analysis of Peg Solitare. [The Ins and Outs of Peg solitaire By J D Beasley. Buy at amazon]


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klotski puzzle

The goal is to slide the red block into the exit position.

15 Puzzle

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15 puzzle

goal is to order the numbers by sliding the blocks.

Pentominos Puzzle Solver

pentominos puzzle solver fd914 (2018-04-07) Pentominos Puzzle Solver A pentominos solver, by David Eck.

Some excellent intro to polyominoes:

Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions By Martin Gardner ca098
Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions Buy at amazon, Chapter 13. By Martin Gardner.


Mine Sweeper
MineSweeper3D by Robert Webb (2003-09,2006-09-01) Windows

MineSweeper3D by Robert Webb. It is similar to the puzzle Minesweeper that comes with Windows, but MineSweeper3D lets you play it on 3D solids. Very well done.


A arresting introduction to tangrams can be found in Time Travel and other Mathematical Bewilderments , by Martin Gardner. Buy at amazon It includes a short bibliography.

If you like mathematical puzzles, you may find this book interesting [Puzzles Old and New: How to make and solve them By Jerry Slocum and Jack Boterman. Buy at amazon] The book includes photographs of many many puzzles. It gives you a panorama of all types of physical puzzles.

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