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Genre/Form: | Ressources Internet Trivia and miscellanea Miscellanea Miscellanées |
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Material Type: | Document, Internet resource |

Document Type: | Internet Resource, Computer File |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Julian Havil |

ISBN: | 9781400837380 1400837383 9780691120560 0691120560 |

OCLC Number: | 780498899 |

Notes: | Titre de l'écran-titre (visionné le 10 février 2012). Originally published: 2007. |

Description: | 1 online resource (1 texte électronique (xiii, 196 p.)) |

Contents: | Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; CHAPTER 1 Three Tennis Paradoxes; CHAPTER 2 The Uphill Roller; CHAPTER 3 The Birthday Paradox; CHAPTER 4 The spin of a Table; CHAPTER 5 Derangements; CHAPTER 6 Conway's Chequerboard Army; CHAPTER 7 The Toss of a Needle; CHAPTER 8 Torricell's Trumpet; CHAPTER 9 Nontransitive Effects; CHAPTER 10 A Pursuit Problem; CHAPTER 11 Parrondo's Games; CHAPTER 12 Hyperdimensions; CHAPTER 13 Friday the 13th; CHAPTER 14 Fractran; THE MOTIFS; APPENDIX A The Inclusion-Exclusion Principle. |

Responsibility: | Julian Havil. |

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## Reviews

*Editorial reviews*

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"Nonplussed! is a collection of lovely paradoxes: facts that are provable logically but are nevertheless seriously counterintuitive...It is an exciting book. It should be in every...college library. It would even be the right gift for mathematicians and anyone who uses mathematics--economists, business analysts and many others--and indeed for anyone who would claim to be educated."--Peter M. Neumann, Times Higher Education Supplement "This is a splendid collection of articles, inspired by Martin Gardner's writings. Old conundrums are given new twists and applications, newer perplexing ideas are described with panache. The forthcoming companion book has a high standard to maintain."--John Haigh, London Mathematical Society Newsletter "It is therefore recommended that Julian Havil's headmaster award him further sabbatical leave for the purpose of producing a sequel to this welcome addition to the mathematical literature."--Peter Ruane, MAA Review "A review of a book as good as this must either repeat the positive adjectives other reviewers have used, or require a very large thesaurus. Since I find myself in complete agreement with all of the following words from other reviews, I will repeat them immediately: marvelous, crystal-clear, great, amazing, stimulating, delightful, fascinating, strong, surprising, classic, interesting, eclectic, insightful, magnificent. That one book could encourage such gushing praise seems as unlikely as one book being able to cram in a great variety and depth of mathematical problems, colourful historical anecdotes, significant nods to ethno-mathematics, difficult but well-explained proofs, clear and engaging prose and beautiful diagrams. Yet Havil's book succeeds on all accounts...The brilliant writing, the wonderful problems, the weaving together of past and future, games and discovery, and world number cultures will have you returning to this ageless book time and again."--Phil Wilson, Plus Magazine "This fascinating expedition by Havil through some engaging and often surprising mathematical and statistical oddities is more demanding than the usual 'popular math book' it is billed...All topics are covered by an always carefully crafted mathematical exposition, not leaving out necessary preliminaries and providing rigorous proofs."--J. Mayer, Choice "Even many high school students without a calculus background will benefit from the problems contained in the book... The book contains a little algebra, some geometry, and a great deal of probability. It could serve as recreational reading for teachers as well as for student use in a probability course or courses following algebra 2. Mathematics clubs and teams would also find Nonplussed! useful."--Paul Kelley, Mathematics Teacher "This is a fun book containing many diverse problems that I had not seen before but it also stimulates some genuinely interesting mathematical thought. Above all, this book highlights the 'frailty of the intuition we routinely use to guide us through our everyday lives' and that, in my mind, is no bad thing."--Nathan Green, Mathematics Today "I recommend the book to everyone interested in entertaining mathematics."--Christina Birkenhake, Mathematical Intelligencer "This book discusses such problems in a generally accessible way, but it does not shy away from using rigorous mathematical arguments to explain them... Some of these topics are quite familiar, but even so I found the discussions clear and often learned some new and quite surprising tidbits."--Stan Wagon, Mathematical Reviews "Those that spend their working lives avoiding mathematics by approaching their problems in all sorts of different ways will benefit from looking at this text, even if it involves following through but one single problem and its mathematical solution."--C.J.H. Mann, Kybernetes "The book is perfect for independent or group study for students in advanced high school mathematics classes or university-level undergraduate mathematics classes. Selected chapters are suitable for discussion during professional development sessions aimed at engaging mathematics teachers in rigorous mathematics investigations and discussions."--Anne Papakonstantinou, Mathematics Teacher "This lovely book will attract the attention of readers who are interested in recreational mathematics like mathematical puzzles and paradoxes."--Yuri V. Rogovchenko, Zentralblatt MATH "Havil has an excellent mix of an interesting history of each topic and clear and lucid solutions to the problems... Havil's strength is the historical background he gives to each topic and his style of writing which is so easy to read... An interesting and challenging book well worth reading."--John Sykes, Mathematics in School Read more...

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