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# Probabilità, numeri e code: La matematica nascosta nella vita quotidiana

Perché è meglio giocare al lotto il venerdì? Perché la doccia è sempre troppo calda o troppo fredda? Perché gli autobus arrivano sempre tre per volta? Quale prezioso rompicapo è andato distrutto nel corso dei bombardamenti alleati? Dove si nascondono i quadrifogli? Volete conoscere la formula matematica per correre sotto la pioggia senza bagnarvi? Le risposte a queste e a
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Paperback, 240 pages

Published
2003
by Edizioni Dedalo
(first published March 29th 1999)

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Try this: You are brought a glass half full of whiskey and another full of water. You pour s ...more

May 24, 2014
Hilary
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Maths isn't one of my strong points, but I recognize its interesting qualities. This little book promises something for everyone, no matter what their level of understanding, and provides it with an assortment of interesting facts, stories, historical info and general trivia by using familiar topics like birthday coincidences, planning a delivery route, traffic jams, rugby and the football pools.

Whether it's showing how maths can predict and explain the number of petals, buds or leaves on a flow ...more

Whether it's showing how maths can predict and explain the number of petals, buds or leaves on a flow ...more

"Wha ...more

May 06, 2014
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READ IN ENGLISH

I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review, thank you!

Come to think about it; Why do buses come in threes? Except, they don't. Buses usually come in twos. Read this book and you might just find out why this makes you won't have to wait as long for your next bus...

This book features some interesting question, like how to cut a cake in 8 with only three cuts, and exactly how rare ...more

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Come to think about it; Why do buses come in threes? Except, they don't. Buses usually come in twos. Read this book and you might just find out why this makes you won't have to wait as long for your next bus...

This book features some interesting question, like how to cut a cake in 8 with only three cuts, and exactly how rare ...more

Table of Contents

1 Why can’t I find a four-leafed clover?

Links between nature and mathematics

2 Which way should I go?

From postmen to taxi drivers

3 How many people watch Coronation Street?

Most public statistics come from surveys, but how reliable are they?

4 Why do clever people get things wrong?

Sometimes experience and intelligence can be a disadvantage

5 What’s the best bet?

Lotteries, horses and casinos all offer the chance of a big prize

6 How do you explain a coincidence?

Coincidences aren’t as s ...more

*Probabilità, numeri e code*, vedi http://www.ibs.it/code/9788822062635/... ) questo testo vuole raccontare, come dice il suo sottotitolo, la matematica nascosta nella vita di tutti i giorni. I primi capitoli del libro sono un po' deboli, ma poi gli autori ingranano e il risultato è davvero piacevole, sia per lo stile di scrittura con il famoso humour britannico che p ...more

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Mar 25, 2016
Schrodingersduck
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Was what opened up my interest in maths all those years ago.

Apr 19, 2009
Richard
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Anyone interested in mathematics and of a scientific mind

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I've recently picked up and re-read this book as a nice little way to switch off before bed time.

The premise is the analyse how mathematics can be used to give insight in to common experiences such as the bunching of buses (apparently it is extremely unusual for three buses to bunch together, and requires a very long route and lots of passengers).

Covering a range of topics from probabilities to why clever people get things wrong, this is a great introduction to the subject with only a smatterin ...more

The premise is the analyse how mathematics can be used to give insight in to common experiences such as the bunching of buses (apparently it is extremely unusual for three buses to bunch together, and requires a very long route and lots of passengers).

Covering a range of topics from probabilities to why clever people get things wrong, this is a great introduction to the subject with only a smatterin ...more

Jun 06, 2013
Jennifer
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Great little book introducing and explaining fascinating maths concepts and theories. Entertaining and accessible to anyone. My only complaint is a couple of places where the maths is brushed over or ignored on the way to an equation or result. Perhaps if the writers were afraid mathematical derivations would make the book less easy to read these could have be included in an appendix for those of us interested in how to get to the result? But overall a brilliant read.

Jun 07, 2016
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This book is on maths in nature and the built environment. I really enjoyed the 3 chapters I got to read but I had to return it before I completed it. I will definitely be borrowing it to finish it. Great read!

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