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Genre/Form: | Popular works |
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Document Type: | Book |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Brian Hayes |

ISBN: | 9780262036863 026203686X |

OCLC Number: | 970396568 |

Description: | x, 234 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm |

Contents: | 1. Young Gauss sums it up : a schoolboy's triumph over a harsh teacher becomes the stuff of legend -- 2. Outside the law of averages : not just above average but beyond the reach of all averages -- 3. How to avoid yourself : taking a walk without crossing your own path leads into curious byways -- 4. The spectrum of Riemannium : an unexpected connection between nuclear physics and prime numbers -- 5. Unwed numbers : in Sudoku "no math is required," but there's plenty behind the scenes -- 6. Crinkly curves : a scribbled line grows so twisty that it touches every point on a plane -- 7. Wagering with Zeno : you can't win, you can't lose, you can't tie, and the game never ends -- 8. The higher arithmetic : new tools for doing arithmetic with enormous numbers -- 9. First links in the Markov chain : a crucial innovation in probability began with an analysis of poetry -- 10. Playing ball in the nth dimension : spheres in a space of many dimensions seem to shrink away to nothing -- 11. Quasirandom ramblings : somewhere between the chaotic and the orderly lies the quasirandom -- 12. Pencil, paper, and pi : forensic mathematics investigates a heroic computation that went awry -- 13. Foolproof : is proof a magic wand that works only in the hands of wizards?. |

Responsibility: | Brian Hayes. |

### Abstract:

A non-mathematician explores mathematical terrain, reporting accessibly and engagingly on topics from Sudoku to probability.
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