100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know

'If people do not believe that mathematics is simple,
it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.'

Alexander von Neumann

Mathematics can tell you hings about the world that ca n't be learned in any other way. This hugely informative and wonderfully entertaining little book answers one hundred essential questions about existence. It unravels the knotty, clarifies the conundrums and sheds light into dark corners. From winning the lottery, placing bets at the races and escaping from bears to sports, Shakespeare, Google, game theory, drunks, divorce settlements and dodgy accounting; from chaos to infinity and everything in between, 100 Essential Things You Did n't Know You Did n't now has all the answers!
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Published October 16th 2008 by Bodley Head (first published 2008
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As a dedicated math hater and one who finds mathematical expressions of anything confusing and tediou, I thought this might be a decent nove for me.

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Another ossibility is because maybe the lines are going the same speed but in your eyes the other line seems to be going faster.I really enjoyed this book because it gave a lot of reasons for all of life 's common occurances.

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I spent a week reading this book ( it feels more like reading a blog where the uthor 's goal is brevity), and a day later ... .I can probably name 5 memorable topics, and 2 were interesting enough for me to wikipedia the idea presented in the short chapter.

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For those with an interest in sports, there are a great many interesting sports related math items, though the sports include those which are opaque to American readers, such as Cricket.

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