## Strange Curves, Counting Rabbits, and Other Mathematical ExplorationsHow does mathematics enable us to send pictures from space back to Earth? Where does the bell-shaped curve come from? Why do you need only 23 people in a room for a 50/50 chance of two of them sharing the same birthday? In Each of the book's ten chapters begins by outlining key concepts and goes on to discuss, with the minimum of technical detail, the principles that underlie them. Each includes puzzles and problems of varying difficulty. While the chapters are self-contained, they also reveal the links between seemingly unrelated topics. For example, the problem of how to design codes for satellite communication gives rise to the same idea of uncertainty as the problem of screening blood samples for disease. Accessible to anyone familiar with basic calculus, this book is a treasure trove of ideas that will entertain, amuse, and bemuse students, teachers, and math lovers of all ages. |

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### Contents

III | 1 |

IV | 5 |

V | 7 |

VI | 11 |

VII | 13 |

VIII | 19 |

IX | 21 |

X | 22 |

XLVI | 122 |

XLVII | 124 |

XLVIII | 125 |

XLIX | 127 |

L | 128 |

LI | 131 |

LII | 134 |

LIII | 139 |

XI | 25 |

XII | 27 |

XIII | 31 |

XIV | 32 |

XV | 34 |

XVI | 35 |

XVII | 41 |

XVIII | 43 |

XIX | 46 |

XX | 48 |

XXI | 50 |

XXII | 55 |

XXIII | 56 |

XXIV | 58 |

XXV | 63 |

XXVI | 65 |

XXVII | 70 |

XXVIII | 71 |

XXIX | 73 |

XXX | 75 |

XXXI | 76 |

XXXII | 79 |

XXXIII | 80 |

XXXIV | 83 |

XXXV | 84 |

XXXVI | 89 |

XXXVII | 91 |

XXXVIII | 93 |

XXXIX | 100 |

XL | 105 |

XLI | 106 |

XLII | 109 |

XLIII | 110 |

XLIV | 114 |

XLV | 117 |

LIV | 141 |

LV | 144 |

LVI | 147 |

LVII | 149 |

LVIII | 151 |

LIX | 153 |

LX | 154 |

LXI | 158 |

LXII | 161 |

LXIII | 165 |

LXIV | 169 |

LXV | 174 |

LXVI | 178 |

LXVII | 181 |

LXVIII | 182 |

LXIX | 189 |

LXX | 193 |

LXXI | 202 |

LXXII | 207 |

LXXIII | 210 |

LXXIV | 213 |

LXXV | 214 |

LXXVI | 215 |

LXXVII | 219 |

LXXVIII | 220 |

LXXIX | 223 |

LXXX | 225 |

LXXXI | 230 |

LXXXII | 233 |

LXXXIII | 236 |

LXXXIV | 238 |

LXXXV | 242 |

LXXXVI | 243 |

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