How Long Is a Piece of String?: More Hidden Mathematics of Everyday LifeWhy do weather forecasters get it wrong? What are the best tactics for playing "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and "The Weakest Link"? And what is the link between a tin of baked beans and a men's urinal? These and many other questions are answered in this book. It is for anyone wanting to remind themselves  or discover for the first time  that maths is relevant to almost everything we do. Dating, cooking, travelling by car, gambling and ranking sportsmen all have links with intriguing mathematical problems that are explained in this book. It reveals the secrets behind some of the best con tricks and the hidden workings of the taxi meter, and explains how epidemics start and stop. 
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Review: How Long Is a Piece of String?: More Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life
User Review  GoodreadsThis book follows this structure: 1. State an interesting problem that most people can relate to. 2. State the mathematical glimpse that can solve said problem. 3. Move to the next problem without ... Read full review
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User Review  Nathan  GoodreadsLots of insightful topics on mathematics. The author intentionally omitted many of the calculations themselves for the sake of the reader, but I personally wished he had inserted them for my benefit anyway. Designed for math and nonmath people alike. Read full review
Contents
What Makes a Hit Single?  23 
Should I Phone a Friend?  43 
Is it Quicker to Take the Stairs?  57 
Copyright  
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How Long Is a Piece of String?: More Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life Rob Eastaway Limited preview  2014 
How Long is a Piece of String?: More Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life Robert Eastaway,Jeremy Wyndham No preview available  2002 
How Long Is a Piece of String?: More Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life Rob Eastaway,Jeremy Wyndham No preview available  2002 