The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas

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Math, when properly applied, can lead to great advances and world-changing breakthroughs. But did you know it can also be used to improve your holiday celebrations? Oh yes! Not only can mathematics prove that Santa truly exists, but all sorts of holiday trimmings and trappings can be augmented and streamlined with math.

The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus is a hilariously nerdy exercise in number-crunching that mixes geometry, statistical analysis, game theory, and other math techniques to optimize your holiday experience. In these pages, you’ll learn to calculate the ideal ingredients for decorating your tree, minimize wasting wrapping paper on unwieldly shapes, determine how much to spend on gifts for particular family members, randomize Secret Santa distributions effectively, and more. (The only part that felt like a stretch was offering insight into how to win Monopoly. Who plays Monopoly at Christmas?)

All this, and they manage to rescue Santa from statistical assassination. What more could you ask for? It’s funny, and yet you’re still learning. Now that’s a gift everyone can enjoy. The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus is the most delightful math text on the market today.


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Author Thomas Oléron Evans • Hannah Fry
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher The Overlook Press
Publish Date 2017-Oct-24
ISBN 9781468316124
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Issue August 2018
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