Impossible? Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - It's Common Knowledge 3
  • Chapter 2 - Simpson's Paradox 11
  • Chapter 3 - The Impossible Problem 21
  • Chapter 4 - Braess's Paradox 31
  • Chapter 5 - The Power of Complex Numbers 39
  • Chapter 6 - Bucking the Odds 50
  • Chapter 7 - Cantor's Paradise 68
  • Chapter 8 - Gamow–stern Elevators 82
  • Chapter 9 - The Toss of a Coin 88
  • Chapter 10 - Wild-Card Poker 103
  • Chapter 11 - Two Series 113
  • Chapter 12 - Two Card Tricks 131
  • Chapter 13 - The Spin of a Needle 146
  • Chapter 14 - The Best Choice 165
  • Chapter 15 - The Power of Powers 176
  • Chapter 16 - Benford's Law 190
  • Chapter 17 - Goodstein Sequences 201
  • Chapter 18 - The Banach–tarski Paradox 210
  • Appendix 221
  • Index 233
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