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Sleeping Beauty’s Necker Cube Dilemma

January 14, 2016

Like a visually ambiguous Necker cube, the famous Sleeping Beauty problem can be perceived in two seemingly valid ways.

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Solution: ‘The Fabulously Fair Feast’

December 22, 2015

The solution to this month’s puzzle explains how to design a Sudoku square to figure out the likes and dislikes of four or eight finicky friends.

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The Fabulously Fair Feast

December 10, 2015

For this month’s puzzle, design a Sudoku square to figure out the likes and dislikes of four finicky friends.

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Solution: ‘Be Still My Pulsating Sequence’

November 25, 2015

The solution to this month’s puzzle explains how to find a rule behind a given sequence of numbers and challenges readers to take on a ‘lovely’ unsolved problem.

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Be Still My Pulsating Sequence

November 12, 2015

Can you infer the simple rule behind a number sequence that spikes up and down like the beating of a heart?

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Solution: ‘Creating Art With Mathematics’

October 30, 2015

The solution to this month’s puzzle explains the artful mathematics behind symmetrical patterns.

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How to Create Art With Mathematics

October 8, 2015

Can you generate aesthetically pleasing, symmetrical curves with two numbers and a simple mathematical function?

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Solution: ‘The Road Less Traveled’

September 25, 2015

The solution to this month’s puzzle uses both mathematics and psychology to explain trouble with choosing the fastest route.

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The Road Less Traveled

September 3, 2015

When there are two paths to your destination, why does it always seem like you’re on the road with more traffic?