Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Why does the shuffle button work?

My kids got me hooked on the games in the New York Times app. Wordle, which is a “Password” of letters that form words (do kids today still play Password? That game was a sensational lesson in logical thinking!), which I already knew, but hadn’t yet ventured into the others. Spelling Bee and Connections became […]

When playing loses its fun

Jonathan Schaeffer, a computer games expert at the University of Alberta in Canada, has just proved, after 18 years of mathematical calculations, that the game of checkers is doomed to a draw. From any of the 19 possible starting moves, no one wins if none of the opponents makes a mistake: winning at checkers is […]

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