## Impossible?: Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive ConundrumsIn Whenever Forty-second Street in New York is temporarily closed, traffic doesn't gridlock but flows more smoothly--why is that? Or consider that cities that build new roads can experience dramatic increases in traffic congestion--how is this possible? What does the game show Havil ventures further than ever into territory where intuition can lead one astray. He gathers entertaining problems from probability and statistics along with an eclectic variety of conundrums and puzzlers from other areas of mathematics, including classics of abstract math like the Banach-Tarski paradox. These problems range in difficulty from easy to highly challenging, yet they can be tackled by anyone with a background in calculus. And the fascinating history and personalities associated with many of the problems are included with their mathematical proofs. |

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User Review - sthitha_pragjna - LibraryThingHavil is a delightful mathematician (author of "Gamma") who revels in the wonders of 18th century mathematics, and shares these with his readers in lively prose, and full algebraic derivations. He has ... Read full review

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Impossible?: Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums Julian Havil No preview available - 2011 |