By Julian Havil
In Nonplussed!, popular-math author Julian Havil overjoyed readers with a mind-boggling array of unbelievable but precise mathematical paradoxes. Now Havil is again with Impossible?, one other magnificent medley of the definitely complicated, profound, and unbelievable--and it all mathematically irrefutable.
each time Forty-second road in manhattan is quickly closed, site visitors does not gridlock yet flows extra smoothly--why is that? Or think of that towns that construct new roads can event dramatic raises in site visitors congestion--how is that this attainable? What does the sport express Let's Make A Deal exhibit in regards to the unforeseen dangers of decision-making? What can the sport of cricket train us in regards to the staggering habit of the legislation of averages? those are the various counterintuitive mathematical occurrences that readers come upon in Impossible?
Havil ventures extra than ever into territory the place instinct can lead one off beam. He gathers unique difficulties from chance and data besides an eclectic number of conundrums and puzzlers from different components of arithmetic, together with classics of summary math just like the Banach-Tarski paradox. those difficulties diversity in trouble from effortless to hugely demanding, but they are often tackled by means of someone with a historical past in calculus. And the interesting historical past and personalities linked to the various difficulties are integrated with their mathematical proofs. Impossible? will pride a person who desires to have their cause completely confounded within the such a lot mind-blowing and unpredictable ways.