How Long is a Piece of String?: More Hidden Mathematics of Everyday LifePaperback
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- Publisher: Portico
- Format: Paperback | 182 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 160g
- Publication date: 15 October 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1861056257
- ISBN 13: 9781861056252
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New
- Illustrations note: Black and line drawings throughout
- Sales rank: 79,781
Why do weather forecasters get it wrong? What are the best tactics for playing "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and "The Weakest Link"? And what is the link between a tin of baked beans and a men's urinal? These and many other questions are answered in this book. It is for anyone wanting to remind themselves - or discover for the first time - that maths is relevant to almost everything we do. Dating, cooking, travelling by car, gambling and ranking sportsmen all have links with intriguing mathematical problems that are explained in this book. It reveals the secrets behind some of the best con tricks and the hidden workings of the taxi meter, and explains how epidemics start and stop.
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Rob Eastaway is a writer, speaker and consultant. His books include the bestselling What is a Googly? (9781861056290) and Why Do Buses Come In Threes? (9781861058621). He jointly devised the system now used to officially rank international cricketers and lives in London, where he is a keen weekend cricketer and occasional golfer.
""It is rare for a book about mathematics to be as engaging as this." "New Scientist"