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# The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas

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How do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list? Can you predict Her Majesty's Christmas Message? Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner - shimmying up and down chimneys for a whole night - or fatter - as he tucks into a mince pie and a glass of sherry in billions of houses across the world?

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November 3rd 2016
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Dec 28, 2017
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I am following Numberphile channel on YouTube and in one of the videos Hannah Fry was talking about her book “The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus”. I love math, statistics, and fun facts, so the book looked very suitable for me.

Based on the contents of the book, someone who have watched every single Numberphile video will find little to no new ideas. I already knew how to win at Monopoly based on statistics (but somehow I can win by owning brown worthless set). I already heard that it is p ...more

Based on the contents of the book, someone who have watched every single Numberphile video will find little to no new ideas. I already knew how to win at Monopoly based on statistics (but somehow I can win by owning brown worthless set). I already heard that it is p ...more

Dec 24, 2018
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Recommends it for:
Anyone who doesn't completely abhor maths

No, you don't need to be a math nerd to like this.

I'm a math nerd, I'll admit that much. Perhaps that disqualifies me from stating my opinion on this, but I'll do it anyway: The math in this book is easy to follow, and even if you can't follow it, I think you'll understand what's going on anyway. The authors explain everything in a simple, but not condescending way, and it's sprinkled with humour. Yes, it's evident that they are trying to be funny, but it

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I'm a math nerd, I'll admit that much. Perhaps that disqualifies me from stating my opinion on this, but I'll do it anyway: The math in this book is easy to follow, and even if you can't follow it, I think you'll understand what's going on anyway. The authors explain everything in a simple, but not condescending way, and it's sprinkled with humour. Yes, it's evident that they are trying to be funny, but it

*works*.Have some fun this Christmas. ...more

The chapters I liked the most were mainly those that addressed a con ...more

*The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas*is an entertaining novelty book that tries to be a little too clever for its own good. Tackling such subjects as decorating a Christmas tree, cooking a turkey, creating ornaments, winning at Monopoly, and organizing a Secret Santa, Drs. Hannah Fry and Thomas Oléron Evans go through the math step by step. And of course all of the equations a ...more

I give this book a high 3/low 4. While the book was without a doubt entertaining, comedic, and generally well-written for the non-mathematician, I would say there are some mathematical concepts that went above my head that created a mild distraction for getting through the book. The Secret Santa chapter, in particular, ...more

I think the maths is reasonably accessible and for the trickier parts you always have the option of just looking at the pretty pictures, or ...more

Includes some Euclidean geometry, game theory, and Markov chains, but to name a few pieces – but it feels pretty accessible, even to somebody who hasn’t done any maths beyond GCSE.

Favourite fact: in Denmark, children leave out rice pudding instead of mince pies fo ...more

Included are: tips for how to cook the perfect turkey (bonus points if you can find a perfectly spherical one), suggestions for 'Queen's Speech' bingo and a neat application of probability laws when playing Monopoly. Also, it goes on to scientifically explain something I've maintained for years: the best presents to wrap are rectangular - fact. ...more

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Easy to read, very well written and full of great humor. There are a couple of well known and common math gimmicks, but presented in a new, fresh, christmas-y manner, added with some subjects that are not all that common in the literature (Markov chains come to mind).

Overall, a great read, would recommend.

Nicely done!

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Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to
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