solving basics, with fun
activities (puzzles & games).
The series starts from the ground-up. Each 'simple' puzzle is backed by detailed analysis and a lot of insight. Problems reference concepts learned in previous problems. Gradually, 'puzzles' morph into 'problems'. You now need insights gained from solving the previous puzzles, and a dogged determination to find solutions. The brain is cajoled into analyzing minor details, seeking multiple solutions, deciding the optimal solution (as demanded by the problem statement and the current ground realities).
Book I: Puzzles & Patterns
A starting point for the novice, on their problem solving journey. A foundation book that will even help the expert, with its detailed analysis, deep insights, astute observations.
Tools and concepts explained: Simple puzzles, identifying patterns and connections, basic mathematics skills, shape identification and manipulation, English (language),
Book II: Shapes & Contours
An advanced step on the problem solving journey, for those who have mastered the foundation principles and tools of problem solving.
Tools and concepts explained: Advanced shapes, matchstick puzzles, patterns and trends. This book covers advanced concepts using basic problem solving tools.
Book III: Games & Thinking
Not recommended for the novice, this book explores logical thinking in the guise of games and language puzzles.
Tools and concepts explained: Definition of various popular games, what constitures a win, strategies to avoid defeat, how to out-think your opponent, logical thinking to unravel convoluted puzzles.
Book IV: Testing, Testing
This book evaluates how much your problem solving skills have matured. Each problem adds a twist, gives fresh insight to familiar tools and concepts.
Combinations, eliminating impossible problem paths, weighing and measuring, logical thinking.
world problem solving.
The 'theory' and practical insight to real world problems, and the tools and concepts used to solve them. Each real world problem is unique, each person has their own criteria of what constitutes an 'acceptable' solution. The content are more in terms of guidelines than rules, recommendations on how you need to tackle and solve real world problems.
Book V: Real World Tools
Real world problems need real world tools: Thinking (logically, laterally, creatively), questioning, using the senses and paying attention to relevant detail, remembering, (English) language and communication skills, time management, teamwork and crowdsourcing, judging and deciding, diagrams as visual tools.
Book VI: Moving On The Pathway
Defining the problem solving process, explaining the obstacles to problem solving, tips to be a better problem solver
Book VII: Studying The Reports
The real world has a myriad of problems, each with its unique characteristics. Real world stories and case studies illustrate families of problems, with common characteristics. Taking them apart and examining their inner working in detail, will clue the expert problem solver on how to tackle any generic problem.