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Recreational mathematics
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The term recreational mathematics denotes, on the one hand, all kinds of mathematical games (Play, game) that progress strictly according to fixed rules and that demand logical and strategic thinking; on the other hand, it refers to problems involving the use of logic or mathematics that are also accessible to non-specialists and that require no particular prior mathematical knowledge to solve. Alongside the element of determinacy arising from rules, many such games also involve elements of chance, such as throwing dice (Gambling). Mathematical games include board games li…

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Jahnke, Hans Niels, “Recreational mathematics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_029353>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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