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The Beauty of Everyday Mathematics

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."
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Table of Contents

Preface.- The Soda Can Problem.- The Mirror Problem.- The Leg Problem.- The Sketch Problem.- the Parallel Parking Problem.- The Parking Garage Problem.- the 85th Birthday Problem.- The Slippery-Ice of Bread-Slicing Problem.- the Snail-Racehorse Problem.- The Discus Thrower Problem.- The Beer Coaster Problem.- the Toasting Problem.- The Heart Problem.- Index.

About the Author

Professor Dr. Dr. Norbert Herrmann, University of Hannover


From the reviews: "In this entertaining book, Herrmann ... takes some problems that people encounter during their daily activities and provides unique and amusing solutions. The book is divided into 13 chapters, each containing a problem and several different solutions. The chapters end with additional comments, remarks, or other related problems. ... This book is useful for teachers of mathematics, undergraduate and graduate math majors, and anyone who enjoys unusual mathematical calculations. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic, professional, and general audiences, all levels." (J. A. Bakal, Choice, Vol. 49 (9), May, 2012)

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