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Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics

Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics
  

A collection of puzzles. Covering a range of fields, from geography and environmental studies to map- and flag-making, it uses basic algebra and geometry to solve problems. It is suitable for readers interested in sharpening their thinking and mathematical skills.

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ISBN 9780691154992
Barcode 9780691154992
Published 15 June 2012
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Banks, Robert B.
Series Princeton Puzzlers
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ISBN-13 9780691154992
ISBN-10 0691154996
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Date 15 June 2012
International Publication Date 22 July 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Banks, Robert B.
Series Princeton Puzzlers
Category Mathematics
Applied Mathematics
Popular Science
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 312g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Mathematics, Popular works
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education
Dewey Code 510
Catalogue Code 266211

Description of this Book

Have you ever daydreamed about digging a hole to the other side of the world? Robert Banks not only entertains such ideas but, better yet, he supplies the mathematical know-how to turn fantasies into problem-solving adventures. In this sequel to the popular Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes (Princeton, 1998), Banks presents another collection of puzzles for readers interested in sharpening their thinking and mathematical skills. The problems range from the wondrous to the eminently practical. In one chapter, the author helps us determine the total number of people who have lived on earth; in another, he shows how an understanding of mathematical curves can help a thrifty lover, armed with construction paper and scissors, keep expenses down on Valentine's Day. In twenty-six chapters, Banks chooses topics that are fairly easy to analyze using relatively simple mathematics. The phenomena he describes are ones that we encounter in our daily lives or can visualize without much trouble. For example, how do you get the most pizza slices with the least number of cuts? To go from point A to point B in a downpour of rain, should you walk slowly, jog moderately, or run as fast as possible to get least wet? What is the length of the seam on a baseball? If all the ice in the world melted, what would happen to Florida, the Mississippi River, and Niagara Falls? Why do snowflakes have six sides? Covering a broad range of fields, from geography and environmental studies to map- and flag-making, Banks uses basic algebra and geometry to solve problems. If famous scientists have also pondered these questions, the author shares the historical details with the reader. Designed to entertain and to stimulate thinking, this book can be read for sheer personal enjoyment.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Banks turns trivial questions into mind-expanding demonstrations of the magical powers of mathematics. Nor does he restrict himself to trivial questions: his shrewd analyses coax secrets out of such weighty topics as global population growth and the melting of polar ice caps... Not a math textbook which teaches readers how to solve set types of problems, this collection of puzzles does something far more important: it teaches us how to delight in unexpected challenges to our numerical imagination. -- Booklist [Banks displays] a playful imagination and love of the fantastic that one would not ordinarily associate with a mathematical engineer... Banks's style is entertaining but never condescending. -- The Christian Science Monitor
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Robert B. Banks (1922-2002) was the author of Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes, and Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics (Princeton). He was professor of engineering at Northwestern University and dean of engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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