Maths is Everywhere

Benford's Very Strange Law by Professor John D. Barrow. The first digits of randomly chosen numbers arising naturally or in human affairs display surprising statistical regularities. We will see why this distribution of digits, first found by Simon Newcomb and Frank Benford, is so ubiquitous and how it has been used to check for fraudulent accountancy and for suspicious vote counts in some national elections. (from

Benford's Very Strange Law

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1. Maths with Pictures
2. Continued Fractions
3. The Bounce of the Superball
4. The Uses of Irrationality: Paper Sizes and the Golden Ratio
5. Benford's Very Strange Law
6. Doing Business in Interstellar Space