I am searching for a book on combinatorics and/or mathematical puzzles for very beginners in easy English. The book should not contain detail mathematical expressions, will contain easy understanding logic behind the theory instead. I don't need problems/exercises and solutions as the book is not for mathematics student. I need the book for mathematics lovers who want to enjoy the theory maybe with some history and story. This should be a story book which one can read in leisure mood and can enjoy the thrill of mathematics.


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This book is unfortunately out of print, but it is still accessible: The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Puzzles by David Wells. A majority of the problems are of a discrete or combinatorial flavor, and he avoids getting into mathematics in the form of mathematics in the answer. In addition, the book essential doubles as a history of recreational puzzles which is the original reason I came across it.

  • $\begingroup$ Does this explain the Science/Mathematics behind the puzzles? $\endgroup$
    – LSG
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ Yes when applicable. For example, the Bridges of Konigsberg problem is included and the explanation is roughly equivalent to what you would see in an introductory discrete math book. $\endgroup$
    – L.P.
    Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 13:47

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