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The Shoelace Book

A Mathematical Guide to the Best (and Worst) Ways to Lace Your Shoes

illustrated Edition

Burkard Polster (author)

ISBN: 9780821839331

Publication Date: May 2006

Format: Paperback

Crisscross, zigzag, bowtie, devil, angel, or star: which are the longest, the shortest, the strongest, and the weakest lacings? This book presents the mathematics of shoelaces which is a mix of combinatorics and elementary calculus.
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Crisscross, zigzag, bowtie, devil, angel, or star: which are the longest, the shortest, the strongest, and the weakest lacings? Pondering the mathematics of shoelaces, the author paints a vivid picture of the simple, beautiful, and surprising characterizations of the most common shoelace patterns. The mathematics involved is an attractive mix of combinatorics and elementary calculus. This book will be enjoyed by mathematically minded people for as long as there are shoes to lace. Burkard Polster is a well-known mathematical juggler, magician, origami expert, bubble-master, shoelace charmer, and 'Count von Count' impersonator. His previous books include "A Geometrical Picture Book", "The Mathematics of Juggling", and "QED: Beauty in Mathematical Proof". Want to learn more about knot theory? See "The Knot Book" by Colin Adams and "Knots and Links" by Dale Rolfsen. To read a review published in the "Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society", click here.
Illustrations Illustrations
Pages 125
Date Published 30 May 2006
Publisher American Mathematical Society
Series Mathematical World
Series Part No. 24
Subject/s Combinatorics & graph theory   Probability & statistics   Computer science   Stochastics   Discrete mathematics  
Setting the stage One-column lacings Counting lacings The shortest lacings Variations on the shortest lacing problem The longest lacings The strongest lacings The weakest lacings Related mathematics Loose ends References Index.

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