The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus
|author:||Dr Hannah Fry & Dr Thomas Oléron Evans (2016)|
|date read:||3 January 2017|
|rating:||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
This is a fun little book: presenting some well-trodden mathematical concepts in a somewhat different setting. I was already familiar with most of the maths in the book, but that didn’t stop me being entertained and amused as I read it.
Includes some Euclidean geometry, game theory, and Markov chains, but to name a few pieces – but it feels pretty accessible, even to somebody who hasn’t done any maths beyond GCSE.
Favourite fact: in Denmark, children leave out rice pudding instead of mince pies for Santa. (I much prefer rice pudding to mince pies, so this seems eminently sensible.)
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