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Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, and Other Mathematical Explorations

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  4 reviews
How does mathematics enable us to send pictures from space back to Earth? Where does the bell-shaped curve come from? Why do you need only 23 people in a room for a 50/50 chance of two of them sharing the same birthday? In "Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, and Other Mathematical Explorations," Keith Ball highlights how ideas, mostly from pure math, can answer these questi ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published November 23rd 2003 by Princeton University Press (first published November 3rd 2003)
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Maurizio Codogno
Libri di matematica ricreativa ce ne sono tanti, però è sempre possibile trovarne qualcuno di cui non si era sentito parlare. Almeno per me è stato il caso di questo libro. Ball l'ha scritto a partire da un ciclo di conferenze che aveva preparato su temi matematici non trattati solitamente a scuola. Quello che ho trovato interessante è che, nonostante i temi siano abbastanza standard, la spiegazione si sposta su proprietà non certo note, tipo la trattazione matriciale dei numeri di Fibonacci opp ...more
Martin Cohen
This is recreational mathematics at its best. The topics are interesting and the explanations and proofs are clear. There are problems interspersed in the text that are integral to the explanation. The problems are sometimes challenging but never exceedingly difficult. If you get stuck, the answers are provided. The level of math required is high school level through the first half year of calculus.

I especially liked the chapter on Fibonacci numbers and continued fractions. The derivation of th
Most memorable chapter- the book shows how isbns are constructed to show if a digit in the sequence is off. Otherwise, meh. :)
Ed Maped
Very interesting topics.
Sometimes challenging reading.
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