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Nonplussed! : mathematical proof of implausible ideas

Author: Julian Havil
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2010.
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"Math--the application of reasonable logic to reasonable assumptions--usually produces reasonable results. But sometimes math generates astonishing paradoxes--conclusions that seem completely unreasonable or just plain impossible but that are nevertheless demonstrably true: Conclusions that, for example, tell us that a losing sports team can become a winning one by adding worse players than its opponents. Or that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ressources Internet
Trivia and miscellanea
Miscellanea
Miscellanées
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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