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3:18pm on Monday, 10th March, 2008:

Maths at Work


There was a free book giveaway today, as one of my colleagues who is retiring opened up his shelves on a first come, first served basis. I picked up 4 books: one on queueing theory, two on stats (for my elder daughter) and this one...

It has a number of articles inside explaining how mathematics is used in everyday jobs such as nursing, retail, shipping, meteorology and whatever the job is where you get to analyse traffic flow. Given its cover, you won't be entirely surprised to learn that it was published in 1983, and yes, I did pick it up in part as a period piece. However, I was also drawn to the cover as much as the contents.

Look at the traffic warden:

If she were to stand up straight, her hat would fall off.

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