Although we seldom think of it, our lives are played out in a world of numbers. Such common activities as throwing baseballs, skipping rope, growing flowers, playing football, measuring savings accounts, and many others are inherently mathematical. So are more speculative problems that are simply fun to ponder in themselvessuch as the best way to score Olympic events. Here Robert Banks presents a wide range of musings, both practical and entertaining, that have intrigued him and others: How tall can one grow? Why do we get stuck in traffic? Which football player would have a better chance of breaking awaya small, speedy wide receiver or a huge, slow linebacker? Can California water shortages be alleviated by towing icebergs from Antarctica? What is the fastest the 100meter dash will ever be run? The book's twentyfour concise chapters, each centered on a realworld phenomenon, are presented in an informal and engaging manner. Banks shows how math and simple reasoning together may produce elegant models that explain everything from the federal debt to the proper technique for skijumping. This book, which requires of its readers only a basic understanding of high school or college math, is for anyone fascinated by the workings of mathematics in our everyday lives, as well as its applications to what may be imagined. All will be rewarded with a myriad of interesting problems and the knowhow to solve them.
About Robert B. Banks
Robert B. Banks (19222002) was Professor of Engineering at Northwestern University and Dean of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He served with the Ford Foundation in Mexico City and with the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. He won numerous national and international honors, including being named Commander of the Order of the White Elephant by the King of Thailand and Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the government of France. He is the author of "Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics" (Princeton).Details Book
Author  :  Robert B. Banks 
Publisher  :  Princeton University Press 
Data Published  :  05 March 2013 
ISBN  :  0691158185 
EAN  :  9780691158181 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  344 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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