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Towing icebergs, falling dominoes, and other adventures in applied mathematics / Robert B. Banks.

By: Material type: TextTextPublication details: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1998.ISBN:
  • 0691059489
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 510> BAN
LOC classification:
  • QA93
Contents:
Ch. 1. Units and Dimensions and Mach Numbers -- Ch. 2. Alligator Eggs and the Federal Debt -- Ch. 3. Controlling Growth and Perceiving Spread -- Ch. 4. Little Things Falling from the Sky -- Ch. 5. Big Things Falling from the Sky -- Ch. 6. Towing and Melting Enormous Icebergs: Part I -- Ch. 7. Towing and Melting Enormous Icebergs: Part II -- Ch. 8. A Better Way to Score the Olympics -- Ch. 9. How to Calculate the Economic Energy of a Nation -- Ch. 10. How to Start Football Games, and Other Probably Good Ideas -- Ch. 11. Gigantic Numbers and Extreme Exponents -- Ch. 12. Ups and Downs of Professional Football -- Ch. 13. A Tower, a Bridge, and a Beautiful Arch -- Ch. 14. Jumping Ropes and Wind Turbines -- Ch. 15. The Crisis of the Deficit: Gompertz to the Rescue -- Ch. 16. How to Reduce the Population with Differential Equations -- Ch. 17. Shot Puts, Basketballs, and Water Fountains -- Ch. 18. Balls and Strikes and Home Runs -- Ch. 19. Hooks and Slices and Holes in One -- Ch. 20. Happy Landings in the Snow -- Ch. 21. Water Waves and Falling Dominoes -- Ch. 22. Something Shocking about Highway Traffic -- Ch. 23. How Tall Will I Grow? -- Ch. 24. How Fast Can Runners Run?
Summary: 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 away - a 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 100-meter dash will ever be run? The book's twenty-four concise chapters, each centered on a real-world 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 ski jumping.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Ch. 1. Units and Dimensions and Mach Numbers -- Ch. 2. Alligator Eggs and the Federal Debt -- Ch. 3. Controlling Growth and Perceiving Spread -- Ch. 4. Little Things Falling from the Sky -- Ch. 5. Big Things Falling from the Sky -- Ch. 6. Towing and Melting Enormous Icebergs: Part I -- Ch. 7. Towing and Melting Enormous Icebergs: Part II -- Ch. 8. A Better Way to Score the Olympics -- Ch. 9. How to Calculate the Economic Energy of a Nation -- Ch. 10. How to Start Football Games, and Other Probably Good Ideas -- Ch. 11. Gigantic Numbers and Extreme Exponents -- Ch. 12. Ups and Downs of Professional Football -- Ch. 13. A Tower, a Bridge, and a Beautiful Arch -- Ch. 14. Jumping Ropes and Wind Turbines -- Ch. 15. The Crisis of the Deficit: Gompertz to the Rescue -- Ch. 16. How to Reduce the Population with Differential Equations -- Ch. 17. Shot Puts, Basketballs, and Water Fountains -- Ch. 18. Balls and Strikes and Home Runs -- Ch. 19. Hooks and Slices and Holes in One -- Ch. 20. Happy Landings in the Snow -- Ch. 21. Water Waves and Falling Dominoes -- Ch. 22. Something Shocking about Highway Traffic -- Ch. 23. How Tall Will I Grow? -- Ch. 24. How Fast Can Runners Run?

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 away - a 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 100-meter dash will ever be run? The book's twenty-four concise chapters, each centered on a real-world 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 ski jumping.