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Winning Ways: for your mathematical plays
Volume 2: Games in Particular

A classic treatise on mathematical games and puzzles by three highly respected mathematicians. Rigorous yet entertaining (and humorous). Examines many, many games including the Tower of Hanoi, Peg Solitaire, Hare and Hounds, sliding blocks, Rubik's cube, Nim, Dots and Boxes, Life, etc.

These three books are collections of Martin Gardner's wonderful Mathematical Games columns from Scientific American magazine.

Hexaflagons and Other Mathematical Diversions: The First Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Games

Topics include the Tower of Hanoi, Hex, Nim, and TacTix.

The Second Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions

Topics include the Soma cube, magic squares, mazes, and the "golden ratio" phi (the lesser-known relative of pi).

The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical Diversions: A Classic Collection of Puzzles and Games from Scientific American

Topics include Peg Solitaire, Flatland, the transcendental e, and a matchbox game-learning machine.

Mazes and Labyrinths: Their History and Development

Written in 1922, published by Dover in 1970. Topics include Egyptian, Greek, and Roman labyrinths, the church labyrinths of the Middle Ages, turf and hedge mazes, the etymology of mazes, hints on design and the principles of solution, and even a survey of references to mazes and labyrinths in classic literature.