Why Do Buses Come in Threes: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life

Why Do Buses Come in Threes The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life With a foreword by Tim Rice this book will change the way you see the world Why is it better to buy a lottery ticket on a Friday Why are showers always too hot or too cold And what s the connection b

• Title: Why Do Buses Come in Threes: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life
• Author: Robert Eastaway Jeremy Wyndham
• ISBN: 9780471379072
• Page: 391
• Format: Paperback

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1. author says:

Those of us on the math side of the great cultural divide tend to be less enthusiastic about the power of intuition. One of the primary aims of this fun little book is to show how intuition often misleads us in questions that should be dealt with mathematically. A simple example is the probability that two people in a group of 23 will have the same birthday. It is not 23/365, the chances are actually 50%.Try this: You are brought a glass half full of whiskey and another full of water. You pour s [...]

2. author says:

A good friend's son, age 10, has been assigned this book (alongside another title by the same author) in school, presumably in addition to the normal math he gets given to study. My friend is very smart, she studied at Cambridge, but her math is no longer what it was twenty years ago, so on the strength of the fact that I still (very occasionally) find myself pushing symbols for a living I was drafted in to have a look. I ordered the books and reported back that I was about to start reading."Wha [...]

3. author says:

Maths isn't one of my strong points, but I recognize its interesting qualities. This little book promises something for everyone, no matter what their level of understanding, and provides it with an assortment of interesting facts, stories, historical info and general trivia by using familiar topics like birthday coincidences, planning a delivery route, traffic jams, rugby and the football pools.Whether it's showing how maths can predict and explain the number of petals, buds or leaves on a flow [...]

4. author says:

Case applying mathematics to familiar everyday life

5. author says:

Rather light book, kind of the maths equivalent of cracker jokes. Fails to acknowledge sources. The best part of the book is the Further Reading section, I'd recommend skipping straight to those.

6. author says:

A charming and fascinating book for all ages, explaining how mathematics is in everyday life whether we realise it or not. Accompanied with little hand-drawn charts, tables and drawings, it explains such things as yes, the title question, why buses always seem to come in threes. There's plenty more besides, such as mathematics of gambling, statistics, and why it's so hard to find a four-leafed clover.A preview copy was provided by the publisher.

7. author says:

maths book. nice!

8. author says:

If someone in your family or in your close circle of friends has a young child, you are no doubt intimately aware of how young ones see the world as a fascinating place filled with wondrous secrets that are within their grasp if they explore long and hard enough. We all used to be like that. But as we grow older and the various responsibilities of life settle in, we tend to lose this perspective. Many of my friends strive to maintain this it, and make good use of the tools they have available to [...]

9. author says:

Table of Contents1 Why can’t I find a four-leafed clover?Links between nature and mathematics2 Which way should I go?From postmen to taxi drivers3 How many people watch Coronation Street?Most public statistics come from surveys, but how reliable are they?4 Why do clever people get things wrong?Sometimes experience and intelligence can be a disadvantage5 What’s the best bet?Lotteries, horses and casinos all offer the chance of a big prize6 How do you explain a coincidence?Coincidences aren’ [...]

10. author says:

This is not the book which will change your life. But many people will enjoy it. It runs a great risk, common to all books intended to approach mathematics (other times it might be sciences) to the general public. Indeed, it's not easy to hit the right level: many tend to vary from simple to complicated and vice-versa, thus confusing the reader. Why do buses come in threes is clearly for the low-end, a knowledgeable reader with no particular training in mathematics. Most of the facts told are kn [...]

11. author says:

Primo libro di una serie piuttosto fortunata (in Italia sono stati tradotti dalle edizioni Dedalo, questo in particolare col titolo Probabilità, numeri e code, vedi ibs/code/9788822062635/ ) questo testo vuole raccontare, come dice il suo sottotitolo, la matematica nascosta nella vita di tutti i giorni. I primi capitoli del libro sono un po' deboli, ma poi gli autori ingranano e il risultato è davvero piacevole, sia per lo stile di scrittura con il famoso humour britannico che per i temi tratt [...]

12. author says:

'Why Do Buses Come in Threes?' shows how common questions can be solved with mathematics. That it does it in a very accessible and fun way is where it succeeds.Taking questions like the book title's or others like why it's so hard to find a four-leaf clover, the book delves into all sorts of things. From fibonacci numbers to code making, a lot of ground is covered. The chapters are short and digestible. There are mathematic formulas and illustrations. It's all engaging and shows how math can hel [...]

13. author says:

READ IN ENGLISH Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review, thank you!Come to think about it; Why do buses come in threes? Except, they don't. Buses usually come in twos. Read this book and you might just find out why this makes you won't have to wait as long for your next busThis book features some interesting question, like how to cut a cake in 8 with only three cuts, and exactly how rare are two children [...]

14. author says:

You have probably seen some of those math problems on Facebook where people are outraged at how their children are being taught through Common Core. Besides being totally out of context, those people are missing the fact that the problems are focusing on number sense, understanding how numbers work and how they fit together. This book is basically about number sense and how it applies in the real world, covering things like cooking and traffic and botany. It reminded me of The I Hate Mathematics [...]

15. author says:

I've recently picked up and re-read this book as a nice little way to switch off before bed time. The premise is the analyse how mathematics can be used to give insight in to common experiences such as the bunching of buses (apparently it is extremely unusual for three buses to bunch together, and requires a very long route and lots of passengers).Covering a range of topics from probabilities to why clever people get things wrong, this is a great introduction to the subject with only a smatterin [...]

16. author says:

Review written: sometime before 9th May, 2015Why Do Buses Come in Threes? by Rob EastawayWhy I read it: It was in a Kindle sale and I was curious.Rating: 2/5What I thought: While it featured quite a lot of things I hadn’t previously known about mathematics, it also featured quite a lot of things I was already aware of. As well it never delved into enough detail on its topics for my tastes, and also had this weirdly elitist sceptical tone running through it, which was a bit of a turnoff for me. [...]

17. author says:

Great little book introducing and explaining fascinating maths concepts and theories. Entertaining and accessible to anyone. My only complaint is a couple of places where the maths is brushed over or ignored on the way to an equation or result. Perhaps if the writers were afraid mathematical derivations would make the book less easy to read these could have be included in an appendix for those of us interested in how to get to the result? But overall a brilliant read.

18. author says:

I enjoyed reading this book very much. This was not only because it made me think about different Maths problems, but also because it allowed me to see how different everyday events can be described in equations. I loved the final chapter about Maths and magic tricks and I fully endorsed the closing remark about Maths, i.e. that it is not about calculations, but about noticing patterns and asking yourself why they occur. :)

19. author says:

Crazily fun and exhilarating, solves a whole bunch of every day problems and clarifies matters that have bugged me my whole life. I now understand traffic, why two people in a room of 30 will share a birthday, why the London Underground design is ingenious, how pi and e and phi can be applied constantly, and of course, why it's efficient to start the shower before disrobing instead of vice-versa. Life-changing eye-opener to say the least.

20. author says:

I love reading and can often be found with my head in a book, although I tend to stick to fiction books, therefore I was worried I would find a non-fiction maths book uninteresting. However, this book completely changed my opinionRead more of my review at: reviewingonline.wordpress/

21. author says:

Interesting read. Got lost with some of the Maths. Nevertheless, It's interesting to see how Maths is applied in every day life, although I feel that some of the examples in the book are more observations. Having said that, wonder if more daily examples could be used and see how Maths could be applied.

22. author says:

A funny book. If you work with maths, you will probably appreciate the ability of the writer in addressing complex subjects in a clear way.Although, I am not sure that someone who does not understand or rather like maths will enjoy the reading.

23. author says:

The major thing that I learned from this book is that some times common sense (or intuition) may not be correct. It is either your brain trying to do an approximation (and failing miserably) or some clever marketer who is using statistics to lie to you

24. author says:

This book is on maths in nature and the built environment. I really enjoyed the 3 chapters I got to read but I had to return it before I completed it. I will definitely be borrowing it to finish it. Great read!

25. author says:

this was set in a patronising tone that made it boring & oversimplifiedalso I couldn't figure out the target audience, but I knew most of the problems that came up

26. author says:

Entertaining read for people who fear math or have been away from it for a long time.

27. author says:

I liked it. It explains things in easy to understand terms.

28. author says:

I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/12766933

29. author says:

Was what opened up my interest in maths all those years ago.

30. author says:

More basic maths than I had expected, but still a fun read.