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

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

by Rob Eastaway, Jeremy Wyndham
 

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Why is it better to buy a lottery ticket on Friday? Do you get wetter running rather than walking through the rain? Why do traffic lights always seem to be red when you're in a hurry? These and other questions about the curiosities of everyday life are answered in this delightfully irreverent and highly informative book. Why Do Buses Come in Threes? is a wonderful

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Why is it better to buy a lottery ticket on Friday? Do you get wetter running rather than walking through the rain? Why do traffic lights always seem to be red when you're in a hurry? These and other questions about the curiosities of everyday life are answered in this delightfully irreverent and highly informative book. Why Do Buses Come in Threes? is a wonderful way to discover the relevance of math in absolutely everything we do, from dating and driving to gambling and cooking. Whether readers have a degree in astrophysics or haven't touched a math problem since high school, this book will change the way they view the world--whether it's discussing the wartime technique for saving energy when making toast; the odd coincidence of U.S. presidents dying on the Fourth of July, or the exponential growth of Australian rabbits.

Rob Eastaway runs the world ratings for cricket and is the author of The Guinness Book of Mindbenders and What Is a Googly? Jeremy Wyndham, PhD, a former junior international bridge player, runs a market research company.

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Booknews
Though written for the non-mathematician, this presentation will nevertheless require some concentration from the mathematically challenged. It's a clever presentation of a wide range of topics, some couched in questions such as: what's the best view of the Statue of Liberty, and what's the best way to cut a cake? A sampling of other topics: code-making and breaking, sports rankings, queues and traffic jams, bad luck, and entertaining tricks for children. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471347569
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/02/1999
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.57(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.74(d)

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