One Hundred Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: Math Explains Your World

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$11.01
UPC:
9780393070071
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company (May 18, 2009)
Shipping Weight:
12.8 ounces
Language:
English
Product Dimensions:
5.9 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
Binding:
Hardcover
Pages:
304
ISBN-10:
0393070077
ISBN-13:
978-0393070071
Author:
John D. Barrow

Product Overview

Eminent cosmologist and writer John D. Barrow uses simple mathematics to answer one hundred perplexing questions from everyday life.Mathematics can reveal and illuminate things about the complex world we live in that cant be found any other way. In this hugely informative and entertaining book, John D. Barrow takes the most perplexing of everyday phenomenafrom the odds of winning the lottery and the method of determining batting averages to the shapes of roller coasters and the reasoning behind the fairest possible divorce settlementsand explains why things work the way they do. With elementary math and accompanying illustrations, he sheds light on the mysterious corners of the world we encounter every day. Have you ever considered why you always seem to get stuck in the longest line? Why twos company but threes a crowd? Or why there are six degrees of separation instead of seven? This clever little book has all the answers to these puzzling, everyday questions of existence that need not perplex us anymore.40 illustrations

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