(21 October 1914 - 22 May 2010)
Solving puzzles inculcates problem-solving skills which have real life implications. From helping to win simple games like tic tac toe (in which just the second turn decides the victor), to designing algorithms, apps and be a better professional in general.
Why Puzzles? It had been said that behind every magic trick there is some logic. It’s amusing that any act which challenges human mind is generally termed as magic. The puzzles club is dedicated to Martin Gartner, who teaches people to be critical. He is often cited as having defended the honour of the human mind.AIM This Online Puzzles Club has been created with the intent to help students develop a logical bent of mind & algorithmic thinking and connect those who have keen interest in solving tricky puzzles, including teachers and students.
Physical skills: from holding puzzle pieces and turning them until they fit
Cognitive skills: as they solve the problems of a puzzle
Emotional skills: they learn patience and are rewarded when they complete the puzzle
“Cognitive Processing directed at achieving a goal when no solution method is obvious to the problem solver” (Mayer and Wittrock, 2006 ).
Puzzles teach us comprehensive problem solving. Irrespective of the stream in school, discipline in college or job profile, puzzles help us get better. The whole process of puzzle solving is very like designing an algorithm which can be implemented through a computer code. An example can be taken for designing an app for hailing a taxi. Figuring out the optimal route, from maze of roads in city factoring in the traffic, to destination while minimizing distance and / or time which are collectively factored as cost, can be thought of as a twist to classical maze puzzle.