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The Beauty of Everyday Mathematics

By Norbert Herrmann

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This entertaining volume on the ubiquity of mathematical principles in everyday life is packed with anecdotes, formulae, calculations and conjuring tricksss that explain phenomena such as the fact that mirrors ‘swap’ left and right, but not up and down.

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  • ISBN13: 978-3-6422-2103-3
  • 151 Pages
  • Publication Date: October 20, 2011
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • eBook Price: $19.95
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Imagine that you’ve finally found a parking space after a long and harrowing search, but are now encountering some difficulty in trying to enter this space. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew a formula that allowed you to enter the space without difficulty? Are you annoyed because your soda can doesn’t remain upright during a picnic? Would you like to know why a mirror swaps right and left, but not top and bottom? Are you looking for a mathematical speech to toast your mother-in-law’s 85th birthday? Or do you want to give your heart away mathematically? Dr. Norbert Herrmann provides amusing and entertaining solutions to these and many other problems that we encounter in everyday situations.“A book for teachers, students of mathematics, and anybody who likes unusual and amusing calculations.” 
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Preface.
  2. The Soda Can Problem.
  3. The Mirror Problem.
  4. The Leg Problem.
  5. The Sketch Problem.
  6. the Parallel Parking Problem.
  7. The Parking Garage Problem.
  8. the 85th Birthday Problem.
  9. The Slippery
  10. Ice of Bread
  11. Slicing Problem.
  12. the Snail
  13. Racehorse Problem.
  14. The Discus Thrower Problem.
  15. The Beer Coaster Problem.
  16. the Toasting Problem.
  17. The Heart Problem.
  18. Index.
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