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Great estimations : or, how to have fun calcuating damn near everything

Author: Aaron Santos
Publisher: New York : Perseus Books Group, 2009.
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How many licks to the center of a Tootsie Pop? How many people are having sex at this moment? How long would it take a monkey on a typewriter to produce the plays of Shakespeare? For all those questions that keep you up at night, here's the way to answer them. And the beauty of it is that it's all approximate! Using Enrico Fermi's theory of approximation, Santos brings the world of numbers into perspective. For  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Santos
ISBN: 9780762439188 0762439181
OCLC Number: 609854568
Description: 1 online resource (176 pages)
Contents: CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; WHY BE APPROXIMATE?; HOW TO APPROXIMATE; SIMPLIFY NUMBERS; ABOUT THE FORMAT; ONE LAST THING; Puzzlers; APPENDICIES; A. ABBREVIATIONS; B. CONVERSIONS; C. USEFUL NUMBERS TO KNOW; Thank You.
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How many licks to the center of a Tootsie Pop? How many people are having sex at this moment? How long would it take a monkey on a typewriter to produce the plays of Shakespeare? For all those questions that keep you up at night, here's the way to answer them. And the beauty of it is that it's all approximate! Using Enrico Fermi's theory of approximation, Santos brings the world of numbers into perspective. For puzzle junkies and trivia fanatics, these 70 word puzzles will show the reader how to take a bit of information, add what they already know, and extrapolate an answer.

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