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100 essential things you didn't know you didn't know : math explains your world

Author: John D Barrow
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Co., [2010] ©2009
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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Mathematics can reveal and illuminate things about the complex world we live in that can't be found any other way. In this informative and entertaining book, John D. Barrow takes the most perplexing of everyday phenomena--from the odds of winning the lottery and the method of determining batting averages to the shapes of roller coasters and the reasoning behind the fairest possible divorce settlements--and explains  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Trivia and miscellanea
Miscellanea
Miscellanées
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Barrow, John D., 1952-
100 essential things you didn't know you didn't know.
(OCoLC)449866646
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John D Barrow
ISBN: 9780393072785 0393072789
OCLC Number: 916011020
Notes: Previously published: 2009.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 284 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Two's company, three's a crowd --
It's a small world after all --
Monkey business --
Independence day --
Rugby and relativity --
Wagons roll --
A sense of proportion --
Why does the other queue always move faster? --
Pylon of the month --
A sense of balance --
Bridging that gap --
On the cards --
Tally ho --
Relationships --
Racing certainties --
High jumping --
Superficiality --
VAT in eternity --
Living in a simulation --
Emergence --
How to push a car --
Positive feedback --
The drunkard's walk --
Faking it --
The flaw of averages --
The origami of the universe --
Easy and hard problems --
Is this a record? --
A do-it-yourself lottery --
I do not believe it! --
Flash fires --
The secretary problem --
Fair divorce settlements: the win-win solution --
Many happy returns --
Tilting at windmills --
Verbal conjuring --
Financial investment with time travellers --
A thought for your pennies --
Breaking the law of averages --
How long are things likely to survive? --
A president who preferred the triangle to the pentagon --
Secret codes in your pocket --
I've got a terrible memory for names --
Calculus makes you live longer --
Getting in a flap --
Your number's up --
Double your money --
Some reflections on faces --
The most infamous mathematician --
Roller coasters and motorway junctions A Taylor-made explosion --
Walk please, don't run! --
Mind-reading tricks --
The planet of the deceivers --
How to win the lottery --
A truly weird football match --
An arch problem --
Counting in eights --
Getting a mandate --
The two-headed league --
Creating something out of nothing --
How to rig an election --
The swing of the pendulum --
A bike with square wheels --
How many guards does an art gallery need? --
... and what about a prison? --
A snooker trick shot --
Brothers and sisters --
Playing fair with a biased coin --
The wonders of tautology --
What a racket --
Packing your stuff --
Sent packing again --
Crouching tiger --
How the leopard got his spots --
The madness of crowds --
Diamond geezer --
The three laws of robotics --
Thinking outside the box --
Googling in the Caribbean; the power of the matrix --
Loss aversion --
The lead in your pencil --
Testing spaghetti to destruction --
The gherkin --
Being mean with the price index --
Omniscience can be a liability --
Why people aren't cleverer --
The man from underground --
There are no uninteresting numbers --
Incognito --
The ice skating paradox --
The rule of two --
Segregation and micromotives --
Not going with the flow --
Venn vill they ever learn --
Some benefits of irrationality --
Strange formulae --
Chaos --
All aboard --
The global village.
Other Titles: One hundred essential things you didn't know you didn't know
Hundred essential things you didn't know you didn't know
Math explains your world
Responsibility: John D. Barrow.

Abstract:

Mathematics can reveal and illuminate things about the complex world we live in that can't be found any other way. In this informative and entertaining book, John D. Barrow takes the most perplexing of everyday phenomena--from the odds of winning the lottery and the method of determining batting averages to the shapes of roller coasters and the reasoning behind the fairest possible divorce settlements--and explains why things work the way they do. With elementary math and accompanying illustrations, he sheds light on the mysterious corners of the world we encounter every day. Have you ever considered why you always seem to get stuck in the longest line? Why two's company but three's a crowd? Or why there are six degrees of separation instead of seven? This clever little book has all the answers to these puzzling, everyday questions of existence that need not perplex us any more.--From publisher description.

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