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Impossible?: Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums
 
 
Author
Havil Julian.
Publisher Princeton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780691131313
Pages/Publication Date 235/2008
Daedalus Item Code 31817
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In Nonplussed!, Julian Havil delighted readers with a mind-boggling array of implausible yet true mathematical paradoxes. Now Havil is back with another medley of the confusing, profound, and unbelievable—and all of it mathematically irrefutable. Whenever 42nd Street in New York is temporarily closed, why does traffic seem to flow better? And why is it that cities building new roads can actually experience increases in traffic congestion? What does the game show Let's Make A Deal reveal about the unexpected hazards of decision-making? And how does the game of cricket illuminate surprising quirks in the law of averages? Havil ventures deep into territory where intuition can lead one astray.

"A superb discussion of problems easily understood by a high schooler, yet with solutions so counterintuitive as to seem impossible. Topics include the notorious Monty Hall three-door problem, the Gamow-Stern elevator paradoxes, the Kruskal count card trick, Cantor's 'paradise' of alephs, and the mind-blowing Banach-Tarski paradox, all analyzed in depth by a master who does not hold back equations that provide elegant proofs. There are surprises on almost every page."—Martin Gardner

 
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