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Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, & Other Mathematical Explorations.

Author: Keith Ball
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011.
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How does mathematics enable us to send pictures from space back to Earth? Where does the bell-shaped curve come from? Why do you need only 23 people in a room for a 50/50 chance of two of them sharing the same birthday? In Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, and Other Mathematical Explorations, Keith Ball highlights how ideas, mostly from pure math, can answer these questions and many more. Drawing on areas of  Read more...
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Ball, Keith.
Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, & Other Mathematical Explorations.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Ball
ISBN: 9781400841240 1400841240 1283290987 9781283290982
OCLC Number: 757261037
Description: 1 online resource (268 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyrights; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; Chapter One: Shannon's Free Lunch; Chapter Two: Counting Dots; Chapter Three: Fermat's Little Theorem and Infinite Decimals; Chapter Four: Strange Curves; Chapter Five: Shared Birthdays, Normal Bells; Chapter Six: Stirling Works; Chapter Seven: Spare Change, Pools of Blood; Chapter Eight: Fibonacci's Rabbits Revisited; Chapter Nine: Chasing the Curve; Chapter Ten: Rational and Irrational; Index.

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How does mathematics enable us to send pictures from space back to Earth? Where does the bell-shaped curve come from? Why do you need only 23 people in a room for a 50/50 chance of two of them sharing the same birthday? In Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, and Other Mathematical Explorations, Keith Ball highlights how ideas, mostly from pure math, can answer these questions and many more. Drawing on areas of mathematics from probability theory, number theory, and geometry, he explores a wide range of concepts, some more light-hearted, others central to the development of the field and used dai.

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