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Why do buses come in threes? : the hidden mathematics of everyday life

Author: Robert Eastaway; Jeremy Wyndham
Publisher: New York : John Wiley, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers mathematical explanations for the strange coincidences that occur in everyday life and explains how people can use simple mathematical equations to increase their odds of winning the lottery, finding a date, and keeping dry in the rain.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Eastaway, Robert.
Why do buses come in threes?
New York : John Wiley, ©1998
(OCoLC)622685474
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Eastaway; Jeremy Wyndham
ISBN: 0471347566 9780471347569
OCLC Number: 41002778
Description: xi, 156 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 Why can't I find a four-leafed clover? 1 --
Links between nature and mathematics --
2 Which way should I go? 13 --
From postmen to taxi drivers --
3 How many people watch Friends? 23 --
Most public statistics come from surveys, but how reliable are they? --
4 Why do clever people get things wrong? 31 --
Sometimes experience and intelligence can be a disadvantage --
5 What's the best bet? 39 --
Lotteries, horses and casinos all offer the chance of a big prize --
6 How do you explain a coincidence? 47 --
Coincidences aren't as surprising as you would think --
7 What's the best view of the Statue of Liberty? 55 --
Everyday geometries, from snooker to statues --
8 How do you keep a secret? 63 --
Code-making and breaking isn't just for spies --
9 Why do buses come in threes? 73 --
Travelling without a car leads to all sorts of conundrums --
10 What's the best way to cut a cake? 81 --
Why four o'clock can be the time for some mathematical headaches --
11 How can I win without cheating? 87 --
Almost everything in life can be analysed as a game --
12 Who's the best in the world? 95 --
The mathematics behind sports rankings --
14 What happened to chapter 13? 103 --
Can bad luck be explained? --
15 Whodunnit? 109 --
Everyday logic, from murder mysteries to political statistics --
16 Why am I always in traffic jams? 119 --
Motorways, escalators and supermarkets all have one thing in common: queues --
17 Why are showers always too hot or too cold? 127 --
From squealing microphones to population explosions --
18 How can I get the meal ready on time? 137 --
Critical paths and other scheduling problems --
19 How can I entertain the kids? 145 --
Numbers can be magic.
Responsibility: Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham ; illustrations by Barbara Shore.
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"Deals in a very entertaining way with problems in normal life related to mathematics: luck, coincidences, gambling."--"The Independent"

 
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