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The Raven's Hat

Fallen Pictures, Rising Sequences, and Other Mathematical Games

Jonas Peters, Nicolai Meinshausen, Malte Meinshausen (Illustrator)


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Games that show how mathematics can solve the apparently unsolvable.

This book presents a series of engaging games that seem unsolvable--but can be solved when they are translated into mathematical terms. How can players find their ID cards when the cards are distributed randomly among twenty boxes? By applying the theory of permutations. How can a player guess the color of her own hat when she can only see other players' hats? Hamming codes, which are used in communication technologies. Like magic, mathematics solves the apparently unsolvable. The games allow readers, including university students or anyone with high school-level math, to experience the joy of mathematical discovery.

The MIT Press, 9780262044516, 192pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

About the Author

Jonas Peters is Professor of Statistics at the University of Copenhagen. Nicolai Meinshausen is Professor of Statistics at ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich.