Why Do Buses Come in Threes: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life

Why Do Buses Come in Threes: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life

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Overview

Why Do Buses Come in Threes: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life by Robert Eastaway, Jeremy Wyndham

"Deals in a very entertaining way with problems in normal life related to mathematics, luck, coincidence, gambling."—The Independent (London)

Why do your chances of winning the lottery increase if you buy your ticket on Friday? Why do traffic lights always seem to be red when you're in a hurry? Is bad luck just chance, or can it be explained?

The intriguing answers to these and other questions about the curiosities of everyday life can be found in this delightfully irreverent and highly informative book. Why Do Buses Come in Threes? explains how math and the laws of probability are constantly at work in our lives, affecting everything we do, from getting a date to catching a bus to cooking dinner. With great humor and a genuine love for the subject, Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham present solutions to such conundrums as how fast one should run in the rain to stay dry and who was the greatest sportsman of all time.Discover the mathematical explanations for the strange coincidence of two.

Presidents dying on July 4, the uncanny "accuracy" of horoscopes, and other not-so-coincidental coincidences. Eastaway and Wyndham also reveal how television ratings work, which numbers are more likely to be big winners in the lottery, and why bad things, just like buses, always seem to happen in threes.

Whether you have a degree in astrophysics or haven't touched a math problem since high school, this book sends you on a fascinating journey through the logic of life where Newton's laws explain bar fights, exploding rabbit populations, and why showers always run either too hot or too cold. Why Do Buses Come in Threes? is a delightfully entertaining ride that reveals the relevance of math in absolutely everything we do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471379072
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 657,265
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

ROB EASTAWAY is a freelance writer and lecturer. His books include The Guinness Book of Mindbenders and What Is a Googly?
JEREMY WYNDHAM, Ph.D., runs a market research company. He has a Ph.D. in physics and was a junior international bridge player.

Table of Contents

Why Can't I Find a Four-leafed Clover?: Links between Nature and Mathematics.

Which Way Should I Go?: From Postmen to Taxi Drivers.

How Many People Watch Friends?: Most Public Statistics Come from Surveys, But How Reliable are They?

Why Do Clever People Get Things Wrong?: Sometimes Experience and Intelligence Can Be a Disadvantage.

What's the Best Bet?: Lotteries, Horses and Casinos All Offer the Chance of a Big Prize.

How Do You Explain a Coincidence?: Coincidences Aren't as Surprising as You Would Think.

What's the Best View of the Statue of Liberty?: Everyday Geometries, from Snooker to Statues.

How Do You Keep a Secret?: Code-making and Breaking Isn't Just for Spies.

Why Do Buses Come in Threes?: Travelling without a Car Leads to All Sorts of Conundrums.

What's the Best Way to Cut a Cake?: Why Four O'Clock Can Be the Time for Some Mathematical Headaches.

How Can I Win without Cheating?: Almost Everything in Life Can Be Analysed as a Game.

Who's the Best Player in the World?: The Mathematics Behind Sports Rankings.

What Happened to Chapter 13?: Can Bad Luck Be Explained?

Whodunnit?: Everyday Logic, From Murder Mysteries to Political Statistics.

Why Am I Always in Traffic Jams?: Motorways, Escalators and Supermarkets All Have One Thing in Common: Queues.

Why are Showers Always Too Hot or Cold?: From Squealing Microphones to Population Explosions.

How Can I Get the Meal Ready on Time?: Critical Paths and Other Scheduling Problems.

How Can I Entertain the Kids?: Numbers Can Be Magic.

References.

Index.

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