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Group theory in the bedroom and other mathematical diversions

Author: Brian Hayes
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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One of the most accomplished essayists active today, Brian Hayes, uses computing and mathematics to explore everything from the deadly serious (war and peace) to the utterly frivolous (the mathematics of mattress flipping). He offers us a selection of his most memorable and accessible pieces - including "Clock of Ages"--Embellishing them with an overall, scene-setting preface, reconfigured illustrations, and a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Hayes
ISBN: 9780809052196 0809052199
OCLC Number: 140109341
Description: xi, 269 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Clock of ages --
Random resources --
Follow the money --
Inventing the genetic code --
Statistics of deadly quarrels --
Dividing the continent --
On the teeth of wheels --
The easiest hard problem --
Naming names --
Third base --
Identity crisis --
Group theory in the bedroom.
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