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Towing icebergs, falling dominoes, and other adventures in applied mathematics

Author: Robert Banks
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock, Oxfordshire : Princeton University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores a variety of topics concerned with phenomena, situations, events, and other familiar things that lend themselves to relatively simple mathematic analysis.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Banks
ISBN: 0691102856 9780691102856
OCLC Number: 49737006
Notes: Originally published: 1998.
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 1999
Description: xi, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Units and dimensions and mach numbers --
Alligator eggs and federal debt --
Controlling growth and perceiving spread --
Little things falling from the sky --
Big things falling from the sky --
Towing and melting enormous icebergs : part I --
Towing and melting enormous icebergs : part II --
A better way to score the Olympics --
How to calculate the economic energy of a nation --
How to start football games, and other probably good ideas --
Gigantic numbers and extreme exponents --
Ups and downs of professional football --
A tower, a bridge, and a beautiful arch --
Jumping ropes and wind turbines --
The crisis of the deficit : Gompertz to the rescue --
How to reduce the population with differential equations --
Shot puts, basketballs, and water fountains --
Balls and strikes and home runs --
Hooks and slices and holes in one --
Happy landings in the snow --
Water waves and falling dominoes --
Something shocking about highway traffic --
How tall will I grow? --
How fast can runners run?
Responsibility: Robert B. Banks.

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