The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus
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The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus

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How do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list ? Can you predict Her Majesty's Christmas Message? Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner - shimmying up and down chimneys for a whole night - or fatter - as he tucks into a mince pie and a glass of sherry in billions of houses across the world?

Full of diagrams, sketches and graphs, beautiful equations, Markov chains and matrices, Proof That Santa Exists brightens up the bleak midwinter with stockingfuls of mathematiccal marvels. And proves once and for all that maths isn't just for old men with white hair and beards who associate with elves.

Maths has never been merrier.

Title:The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus
Edition Language:English
ISBN:
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:96 pages

    The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus Reviews

  • Henrik Warne
    Jan 08, 2017

    I picked up The Indisputable Existence of Santa without knowing anything about it when browsing at a book store a month before Christmas. I am glad I did.This short book (135 pages) is quite a charmin...

  • Michael Rumney
    Dec 05, 2016

    The mathematics sometimes goes over my head and at other times I get it thanks to a HNC in chemistry and some over lapping formula. Neatly packaged into 10 chapters makes the book easy to put down and...

  • Mary E. Gilmore
    Dec 18, 2016

    I hate math. There. I said it. Homework throughout my entire academic journey gave me near crippling anxiety. That said, the authors of this book purport their belief that "mathematics is so powerful ...

  • Alex Chan
    Jan 03, 2017

    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 bein...

  • Katherine
    Dec 20, 2016

    This is a very entertaining book. While there may be some leaps the maths is also made relatively understandable with notes for the more advanced. Having read this so close to Christmas I'm not sure h...

  • John
    Dec 27, 2016

    A fun and quick read covering the application of different areas of maths to the various traditions of Christmas. I wonder if the Queen will start to use Markov Chains to write her future speeches, an...

  • James Marland
    Dec 25, 2016

    In my stocking on Christmas morning: way better than expected, well judged and jokey without being trite. Markov chains were particularly well-explained, with examples of the Queens Speech and Monopol...

  • Sweemeng Ng
    Dec 19, 2016

    One of those book which is both educational and entertaining. It is a non intimidating ways to learn some more advanced concept in maths!...

  • Surupa Mukhopadhyay
    Dec 05, 2016

    Math has taken practicality to another level altogether, and messed up my brains about the simplicity of wrapping and buying presents and decorating a Christmas tree, forever!...

  • Elliot Cossum
    Dec 17, 2016

    I never thought looking at a holiday from a truly mathematical perspective could be so fun!...

About Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry

Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to