Towers of Hanoi; Horseshoes and hand grenades

Johanna N Franklin johannaf+ at ANDREW.CMU.EDU
Wed Dec 22 20:18:04 UTC 1999

    This didn't actually originate in Hanoi, it was created in 1883 as a
mathematical brainteaser by Edouard Lucas (published under the name M.
Claus).  I don't know how long it had existed before then, but he is the
one always given credit for it in recreational mathematics books.


Excerpts from mail: 22-Dec-99 Towers of Hanoi; Horseshoes.. by Bapopik at AOL.COM
>    One of the things that interested me is the origins of the classic
> of Hanoi" problem.  Not only is there no book on this available in any
> e, but no one here has even heard of it!

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