Nonplussed!: Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas

By Julian Havil

Math--the software of moderate good judgment to average assumptions--usually produces average effects. yet occasionally math generates striking paradoxes--conclusions that appear thoroughly unreasonable or simply undeniable very unlikely yet which are however demonstrably actual. do you know wasting activities workforce can develop into a successful one by means of including worse avid gamers than its competitors? Or that the 13th of the month is prone to be a Friday than the other day? Or that cones can roll unaided uphill? In Nonplussed!--a delightfully eclectic selection of paradoxes from many alternative components of math--popular-math author Julian Havil finds the maths that exhibits the reality of those and plenty of different incredible ideas.

Nonplussed! can pay targeted cognizance to difficulties from chance and statistics, components the place instinct can simply be flawed. those difficulties comprise the vagaries of tennis scoring, what might be deduced from tossing a needle, and disadvantageous video games that shape successful combos. different chapters tackle every little thing from the traditionally vital Torricelli's Trumpet to the mind-warping implications of items that survive excessive dimensions. Readers know about the colourful historical past and other people linked to lots of those difficulties as well as their mathematical proofs.

Nonplussed! will attract somebody with a calculus historical past who enjoys renowned math books or puzzles.

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