Mathematics for the Curious

Paperback | March 1, 1998

byPeter M. Higgins

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When do the hands of a clock coincide? How likely is it that two children in the same class will share a birthday? Should you play Roulette or the Lottery? How do we calculate the volume of a doughnut? Why does the android Data in Star Trek lose at poker? What is Fibonacci's Rabbit Problem? Many things in the world have a mathematical side to them, as revealed by the puzzles and questions in this book. It is written for anyone who is curious about mathematics and would like a simple and entertaining account of what it can do. Peter Higgins provides clear explanations of the moremysterious features of childhood mathematics as well as novelties and connections to prove that mathematics can be enjoyable and full of surprises.

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In this simply written and entertaining book, Higgins clearly explains the more mysterious features of childhood mathematics as well as novelties and connections that prove that mathematics can be enjoyable and filled with surprises. 75 figures

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When do the hands of a clock coincide? How likely is it that two children in the same class will share a birthday? Should you play Roulette or the Lottery? How do we calculate the volume of a doughnut? Why does the android Data in Star Trek lose at poker? What is Fibonacci's Rabbit Problem? Many things in the world have a mathematica...

Peter M. Higgins is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Essex.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192880721

ISBN - 13:9780192880727

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Questions and their Answers2. The Truth about Fractions3. Some Geometry4. Numbers5. Algebra6. More Questions Answered7. Series8. Chance and Games of Chance9. The Golden Ratio10. Networks

From Our Editors

In this simply written and entertaining book, Higgins clearly explains the more mysterious features of childhood mathematics as well as novelties and connections that prove that mathematics can be enjoyable and filled with surprises. 75 figures