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Why Do Buses Come in Threes? : The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life.

Author: Rob Eastaway
Publisher: New York : Pavilion Books Company Limited, 2014.
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With a foreword by Tim Rice, this book will change the way you see the world. Why is it better to buy a lottery ticket on a Friday? Why are showers always too hot or too cold? And what's the connection between a rugby player taking a conversion and a tourist trying to get the best photograph of Nelson's Column? These and many other fascinating questions are answered in this entertaining and highly informative book,  Read more...
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Eastaway, Rob
Why Do Buses Come in Threes? : The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life
New York : Pavilion Books Company Limited,c2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Eastaway
ISBN: 9781909396623 1909396621
OCLC Number: 896800159
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (289 p.)
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

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With a foreword by Tim Rice, this book will change the way you see the world. Why is it better to buy a lottery ticket on a Friday? Why are showers always too hot or too cold? And what's the connection between a rugby player taking a conversion and a tourist trying to get the best photograph of Nelson's Column? These and many other fascinating questions are answered in this entertaining and highly informative book, which is ideal for anyone wanting to remind themselves or discover for the first time that maths is relevant to almost everything we do. Dating, cooking, travelling by car,

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