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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2014
A great and entertaining overview of part of the mathematical world for non-mathematicians, as well as those who already dabble...
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on 12 April 2015
This is a short, well-written book chatting about a variety of statistical and mathematical curiosities. I haven't given it a higher rating because although the writing is good, there is very little here that is new and there is generally little depth in the explanations - sometimes none at all. For example, there is a clear and concise description of the Königsburg bridges problem and a serviceable introduction to the "birthday paradox". These are both old chestnuts and - almost inevitably - this book doesn't really have anything new to say about them. Of course if you don't know about these and think you might then this book may be just what you want. I recommend using Amazon's "look inside" to check the contents list and the sample text - you decide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2013
This book takes a fun look at how maths can explain certain phenomena in our everyday lives. I thought it was a bit light on the maths, but this is just a personal whinge- others would see this as a good thing!
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on 29 April 2015
As a mathematician I'm always on the lookout for texts that provide an approach intended to make the subject more interesting to the non-specialist. This is an easy read with many interesting and enjoyable examples of how maths relates to everyday life without resorting to the use of complex algebra, etc. Potentially a good resource for teachers who want to try and stimulate interest in their students. Dropped one star as I didn't think that there were enough directions to additional resources particularly for anyone interested in reading about the actual maths relating to the examples discussed.
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on 2 May 2015
I'm not into maths but the title of the book intrigued me. The content was certainly intriguing with some interesting twists along the way. The reason I gave it three stars was because I didn't have the patience to play along with the number games. If you enjoy such things this book is certainly for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2011
I got what I expected with this book. I was not expecting to read a math book that outlined in detail complex math formulae about normal everyday situations. I would rate this book as more of a general knowledge/interesting trivia type book. The chapters are interesting, and the math behind it is explained well enough to give the reader the understanding of how math is applied to everyday life. It is not digging deep into math. But this (in my opinion) was not the intention of the book.

If you are expecting a math "text book" type education from this little book you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a simple and interesting read that will arm you with some little nuggets of trivia that you can tell your friends about then this is a great book.

This is a very interesting book that I would recommend to anyone with a general understanding of maths. If you are an advanced level maths person you probably won't get much out of it mathematically, but it is still a fun little read.
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on 29 July 2015
Everyone should read this - you don't need to be a mathematician to understand that things that seem like incredible coincidences are in fact perfectly explained.
An antidote to the sensationalist media and conspiracy theorists.
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on 16 May 2015
A lot more basic than I expected! Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for rocket science, but I did hope to find something I didn't already know, and I can assure you I am definitely not a Rocket Scientist! Sorry!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 1999
I'm still not sure I understand exactly why buses come in three's and nor am I sure where it takes me to know that anyway, but the ride is amusing and absorbing. I don't think anyone with an allergy to maths will be cured by this book but to hell with them. If you're at least slightly interested in maths (ie not proud of being digitally-challenged) then several of the chapters or asides have real cor! or gee whizz! value and some of the chapters or snippets are actually quite profound without saying "hey guys, aren't we profound?". This breezy innocence is part of the book's charm.
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on 9 April 2015
Does what is says and uses everyday examples to show the hidden maths.
Sadly my brain doesn't retain these things very long
At least this means will be able to periodically re read the book!
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