Mathematical game

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Mathematical games include many topics which are a part of recreational mathematics, but can also cover topics such as the mathematics of games, and playing games with mathematics. As far as two-player games are considered, what distinguishes a mathematical game from ordinary games is the emphasis on mathematical analysis of the game, rather than actually playing it.

Mathematical Games was the title of a long-running column on the subject by Martin Gardner in Scientific American. He inspired several new generations of mathematicians and scientists through his interest in mathematical recreations. Mathematical Games was succeeded by Metamagical Themas, a similarly distinguished but shorter-running column by Douglas Hofstadter, and afterwards by Mathematical Recreations, a column by Ian Stewart.

Mathematics of games

This can be a more serious subject than the name belies. It can include the statistical analysis of Card games to understand and improve play techniques.

Playing games with mathematics

The foremost popularizers of recreational mathematics in recent years have been

Other figures in recreational mathematics history have included:

Specific mathematical games and puzzles

Some sort of mathematics can be found in nearly all types of games.

Other games and pastimes of non-trivial mathematical interest:

  • Juggling (juggling patterns)
  • Origami (many mathematical results, some deep)

See also:

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