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The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections

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The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections is a book written by Stewart Coffin covering the "history, geometry, and practical construction of three-dimensional puzzles". It is the sixth book in a series, Recreation in Mathematics.
A second edition was later published with the name Geometric Puzzle Design.

The book is available to read online at John Rausch's Puzzle World site: The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections.


Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1 Two-dimensional dissections
  • 2 Two-dimensional combinatorial puzzles
  • 3 Cubic block puzzles
  • 4 Interlocking block puzzles
  • 5 The six-piece burr
  • 6 Larger (and smaller) burrs
  • 7 The diagonal burr
  • 8 The rhombic dodecahedron and its stellations
  • 9 Polyhedral puzzles with dissimilar pieces
  • 10 Intersecting prisms
  • 11 Puzzles that make different shapes
  • 12 Coordinate-motion puzzles
  • 13 Puzzles using hexagonal or rhombic sticks
  • 14 Split triangular sticks
  • 15 Dissected rhombic dodecahedra
  • 16 Miscellaneous confusing puzzles
  • 17 Triacontahedral designs
  • 18 Puzzles made of polyhedral blocks
  • 19 Intermezzo
  • 20 The Two Tiers Puzzle
  • 21 Theme and variations
  • 22 Blocks and pins
  • 23 Woodworking techniques
  • Finale
  • Bibliography
  • Index