100 essential things you didn't know you didn't know : math explains your world

Barrow, John D., 1952-

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  • Creator John D. Barrow
  • Format Books
  • Publication First American edition. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.
  • Physical Details
    • xiv, 284 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9780393070071, 0393070077
  • OCLC ocn286488962


  • Mathematics can reveal and illuminate things about the complex world we live in that can't be found any other way. In this informative and entertaining book, John D. Barrow takes the most perplexing of everyday phenomena--from the odds of winning the lottery and the method of determining batting averages to the shapes of roller coasters and the reasoning behind the fairest possible divorce settlements--and explains why things work the way they do. With elementary math and accompanying illustrations, he sheds light on the mysterious corners of the world we encounter every day. Have you ever considered why you always seem to get stuck in the longest line? Why two's company but three's a crowd? Or why there are six degrees of separation instead of seven? This clever little book has all the answers to these puzzling, everyday questions of existence that need not perplex us any more.--From publisher description.


  • Originally published: London : Bodley Head, 2008.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-284).
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