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The Shoelace Book: A Mathematical Guide to the Best (and Worst) Ways to Lace Your Shoes
     

The Shoelace Book: A Mathematical Guide to the Best (and Worst) Ways to Lace Your Shoes

by Burkard Polster
 

ISBN-10: 0821839330

ISBN-13: 9780821839331

Pub. Date: 05/23/2006

Publisher: American Mathematical Society

Crisscross, zigzag, bowtie, devil, angel, or star: which are the longest, the shortest, the strongest, and the weakest lacings? Pondering the mathematics of shoelaces, the author paints a vivid picture of the simple, beautiful, and surprising characterizations of the most common shoelace patterns. The mathematics involved is an attractive mix of combinatorics

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Crisscross, zigzag, bowtie, devil, angel, or star: which are the longest, the shortest, the strongest, and the weakest lacings? Pondering the mathematics of shoelaces, the author paints a vivid picture of the simple, beautiful, and surprising characterizations of the most common shoelace patterns. The mathematics involved is an attractive mix of combinatorics and elementary calculus. This book will be enjoyed by mathematically minded people for as long as there are shoes to lace. Burkard Polster is a well-known mathematical juggler, magician, origami expert, bubble-master, shoelace charmer, and Count von Count" impersonator. His previous books include A Geometrical Picture Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821839331
Publisher:
American Mathematical Society
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Series:
Mathematical World Series , #24
Pages:
125
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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