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Why do Buses Come in Threes?

The hidden mathematics of everyday life

Rob Eastaway

Jeremy Wyndham

Portico

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ISBN: 9781861058621

Price: £7.99

Publication date: 1 September 2008

ISBN: 9781911622277

Price: £9.99

Publication date: 6 August 2020

An entertaining guide to how maths is relevant to our everyday lives. 

Why is it better to buy a lottery ticket on Friday? Why are showers always too hot or too cold? And which classic puzzle was destroyed by Allied bombing in the war? These and many other questions are answers in this entertaining and highly informative book. 

Why do Buses Come in Threes? is for anyone who wants to remind themselves – or discover for the first time – that maths is relevant to almost everything we do. Dating, cooking, travelling by car, gambling and life-saving techniques all have links with intriguing mathematical problems that you will find explained here – including the odd coincidence of 4 July, the exponential growth of Australian rabbits and a surprising formula for running in the rain without getting wet. Whether you have a degree in astrophysics or haven’t touched maths since you left school, this book will change the way you view the world around you. 

 

ABOUT THE Author

Rob Eastaway is a writer, speaker and consultant. His books include the bestselling What is a Googly? (9781861056290) and Why Do Buses Come In Threes? (9781861058621). He jointly devised the system now used to officially rank international cricketers and lives in London, where he is a keen weekend cricketer and occasional golfer.

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ABOUT THE Author

Jeremy Wyndham is the managing director of a leading market research company. He lives in London. 

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