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Foolproof, and other mathematical meditations

Author: Brian Hayes
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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A collection of math-oriented essays previously published in Scientific American, and American Scientist. One is titled Foolproof.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
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?.
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A non-mathematician explores mathematical terrain, reporting accessibly and engagingly on topics from Sudoku to probability.  Read more...

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