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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
Why Do Buses Come in Threes? : The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life.
New York : Pavilion Books Company Limited, ©2014
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
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|Description:||1 online resource (289 pages)|
|Contents:||Cover; Title Page; Contents; Foreword by Tim Rice; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Why can't I find a four-leafed clover?; Links between nature and mathematics; 2. Which way should I go?; From postmen to taxi drivers; 3. How many people watch Coronation Street?; Most public statistics come from surveys, but how reliable are they?; 4. Why do clever people get things wrong?; Sometimes experience and intelligence can be a disadvantage; 5. What's the best bet?; Lotteries, horses and casinos all offer the chance of a big prize; 6. How do you explain a coincidence? Coincidences aren't as surprising as you would think7. What's the best view of Nelson's column?; Everyday geometries, from snooker to statues; 8. How do you keep a secret?; Code-making and breaking isn't just for spies; 9. Why do buses come in threes?; Travelling without a car leads to all sorts of conundrums; 10. What's the best way to cut a cake?; Why four o'clock can be the time for some mathematical headaches; 11. How can I win without cheating?; Almost everything in life can be analysed as a game; 12. Who's the best in the world?; The mathematics behind sports rankings. 14. What happened to chapter 13?Can bad luck be explained?; 15. Whodunnit?; Everyday logic, from murder mysteries to parliamentary debates; 16. Why am I always in traffic jams?; Motorways, escalators and supermarkets all have one thing in common: queues; 17. Why are showers too hot or too cold?; From squealing microphones to population explosions; 18. How can I get the meal ready on time?; Critical paths and other scheduling problems; 19. How can I entertain the kids?; Numbers can be magic; References and further reading; Index; Copyright.|