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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1999"The book reads like a pacey murder mystery but with a scintillating twist, the reader becomes an active participant in the forensic analysis. . . . [A] fabulous exposition of adventures in applied mathematics. It's already one of my favourite books. It's so good I find it hard to lay aside."â€”B. L. Henry, The Physicist
"In Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes former engineering professor Robert Banks reveals a startling fact: relatively simple maths can indeed be applied to an astonishing variety of relevant and interesting problems. There is something here for every mathematically inclined reader. The aerodynamics of balls in sport, the spread of diseases, traffic flow, the effect of meteor impactsâ€”he deals with these and much more in engaging, well judged detail."â€”Robert Matthews, New Scientist
"Robert Banks's study of everyday phenomena is infused with infectious enthusiasm."â€”Publishers Weekly
Overview
Although we seldom think of it, our lives are played out in a world of numbers. Such common activities as throwing baseballs, skipping rope, growing flowers, playing football, measuring savings accounts, and many others are inherently mathematical. So are more speculative problems that are simply fun to ponder in themselvesâ€”such as the best way to score Olympic events.
Here Robert Banks presents a wide range of musings, both practical and entertaining, that have intrigued him ...