Nonplussed!: Mathematical Proof Of Implausible Ideas

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Nonplussed!: Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas

Math--the application of reasonable logic to reasonable assumptions--usually produces reasonable results. But sometimes math generates astonishing paradoxes--conclusions that seem completely unreasonable or just plain impossible but that are nevertheless demonstrably true. Did you know that a losing sports team can become a winning one by adding worse players than its opponents? Or that the thirteenth of the month is more likely to be a Friday than any other day? Or that cones can roll unaided uphill? In Nonplussed!--a delightfully eclectic collection of paradoxes from many different areas of math--popular-math writer Julian Havil reveals the math that shows the truth of these and many other unbelievable ideas.

Specifications of Nonplussed!: Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas

AuthorJulian Havil
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Number Of Pages216
Publication Date2007-04-08
Height0.79 inch.
Length9.42 inch.
Width6.42 inch.
Weight1 pounds.

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