How to Entertain with Your Pocket Calculator

Pastimes, Diversions, Games, and Magic Tricks, by Oleg Jefimenko (author), (published by Electret Scientific, 1975, 189 pages)

The cover is slightly blemished.

Paperback - List Price US$ 12.00
Library of Congress number 74-84864


cover of How to Entertain with Your Pocket CalculatorThis book is a delightful collection of mathematical diversions, games, and tricks, all to be done by using a simple pocket calculator. Included in the book are the Sailing Fleet Puzzle, Instantaneous Arithmetic, Martian Number Game, games using the Mystic Number 142857, Pyramid Diversions, Nice Tricks (to make friends), Nasty Tricks (to make enemies), Magic Tricks, the Stolen Numbers Mystery, the Seven Dwarfs and the Snow White Mystery, the Three Musketeers and the Queen's Jewels Mystery, Magician Treasure Chest, and many other diversions and entertainments. Each trick and game is presented with easy-to-follow "step-by-step" instructions, examples, and explanations of how and why they work. The book is illustrated by D. K. Walker (an artist and a computer scientist), whose drawings lend considerable charm to the book. Although this book is primarily a book of amusements for readers of all ages, it can serve as a teaching aid and as a supplementary book in elementary mathematics classes, where it will convey to the students that mathematics is not only a very important tool but great fun, too.