The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus The Mathematics of Christmas How do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list Can you predict Her Majesty s Christmas Message Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner shimmying

How do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list Can you predict Her Majesty s Christmas Message Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner shimmying up and down chimneys for a whole night or fatter as he tucks into a mince pie and a glass of sherry in billions of houses across the world Full of diagrams, sketches aHow do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list Can you predict Her Majesty s Christmas Message Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner shimmying up and down chimneys for a whole night or fatter as he tucks into a mince pie and a glass of sherry in billions of houses across the world Full of diagrams, sketches and graphs, beautiful equations, Markov chains and matrices, Proof That Santa Exists brightens up the bleak midwinter with stockingfuls of mathematiccal marvels And proves once and for all that maths isn t just for old men with white hair and beards who associate with elves.Maths has never been merrier.

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I hate math. There. I said it. Homework throughout my entire academic journey gave me near crippling anxiety. That said, the authors of this book purport their belief that "mathematics is so powerful that it has the potential to offer a new way of looking at anything — even something as warm and wonderful as Christmas." From trimming the tree, wrapping presents, to Secret Santa exchanges, I now believe that, too. I would have rated this book a four, but the delightful illustrations bumped it u [...]

This is a fun, nerdy Christmas book (perfect for me!). It reads pretty quickly and even if you’re not great at math it should make sense. Graphs and diagrams are included. Who doesn’t want to prove Santa exists, indisputably? Other Christmas topics are discussed as well, including decorating the tree, buying presents, turkey cooking, present wrapping, and how to win at Monopoly, among other things. This is super fun and highly recommended. Santa does exist!

The mathematics sometimes goes over my head and at other times I get it thanks to a HNC in chemistry and some over lapping formula. Neatly packaged into 10 chapters makes the book easy to put down and have a rest which is needed in my case on the mathematics of wrapping presents and making decorations, my Manual Dexterity is useless. I once got zero in a plant sectioning attempt in A level biology. Without giving anything away the authors prove Santa exists but I prefer using Father Christmas be [...]

I never thought looking at a holiday from a truly mathematical perspective could be so fun!

Math has taken practicality to another level altogether, and messed up my brains about the simplicity of wrapping and buying presents and decorating a Christmas tree, forever!

Providing “all the tools you need to plan the perfect mathematical Christmas” (p. 20) The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas is an entertaining novelty book that tries to be a little too clever for its own good. Tackling such subjects as decorating a Christmas tree, cooking a turkey, creating ornaments, winning at Monopoly, and organizing a Secret Santa, Drs. Hannah Fry and Thomas Oléron Evans go through the math step by step. And of course all of the equati [...]

This is a fun little book: presenting some well-trodden mathematical concepts in a somewhat different setting. I was already familiar with most of the maths in the book, but that didn’t stop me being entertained and amused as I read it.Includes some Euclidean geometry, game theory, and Markov chains, but to name a few pieces – but it feels pretty accessible, even to somebody who hasn’t done any maths beyond GCSE.Favourite fact: in Denmark, children leave out rice pudding instead of mince p [...]

There were some mildly interesting applications of mathematics in here, but nothing too impressive. I'm not sure why this book is so popular. It seems to me if you have any interest in mathematics, you'll know most of the stuff in here before reading the book. If you don't have any interest in mathematics, it's hard to imagine you would be entertained by this book about mathematics. It's an easy read, but overall it's still probably not worth the effort.

Super cute Christmas book for the math literate in your life. It is not too difficult on the math, the scary bits are in the endnotes, but you would have to enjoy math to love this book. How to cook a turkey, ensure everyone gets a prize in the crackers, and gift wrapping strategies are just some of the problems addressed. Very witty and mathy. Loved it. May read as annual tradition.

This was a delightful little book, full of math, humor, and Britishness. As an American I feel like I did miss a few jokes, but I learned a lot of cool math, and quite enjoyed the sparkling, witty prose (that’s the American usage of “quite”) Strongly recommend for a quick, charming, and educational read!

A fun and quick read covering the application of different areas of maths to the various traditions of Christmas. I wonder if the Queen will start to use Markov Chains to write her future speeches, and I'm hoping Waitrose will start to stock spherically symmetric turkeys.

I got this as a Christmas present. (I'm hard to buy for.) My impression was that the authors were trying too hard. Also, the book felt padded out to make it even as long as it was. Maybe I'd have liked it better if it were even shorter than it is.

Brilliantly funny for both mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike. The perfect guide on wrapping presents to pulling of the perfect secret Santa. And last but not least proof the Santa exists (cause maths is unstoppable!) Good for a laugh, may be my yearly festive read.

A light read picked up on a whim which provided much amusement to my daughter and I. If you ever wanted to think a little deeper about how Father Christmas (Santa Claus) achieves his annual mission, then this is for you.

A fun tongue-in-cheek view of Christmas and all its trimmings. The math is not really overwhelming and the discussion is delightfully lighthearted.

A light, fun read that gets you into the holiday spirit and gives you a few laughs as well.

A quick and easy read which is well researched and ‘proved’!!

Jolly good fun. Bits worth borrowing for school.

AWESOME! I've finally got the answers to my deepest questions about Xmas.

Fun book with nice, interesting bits of math. Well worth a read.

Only read if you are a serious nerd and you want some holiday cheer!

Christmas maths! A fun little stocking filler of a book.

This book is excellent! So clever and accessible and funny.

This book provides a casual context to some serious mathematics principles. I feel more connected to the principles in this book than in any math textbooks out there. It's one to read for those curious chaps who would read anything. The key is to keep your mind open. Math is more than just high school stuff.

A fun readA fun nerdy way to (over)analyse the Christmas holidays! The book introduces mathematical concepts in a simple way and does some real calculations with them.

I picked up The Indisputable Existence of Santa without knowing anything about it when browsing at a book store a month before Christmas. I am glad I did.This short book (135 pages) is quite a charming mix of math, Christmas and humour. The two authors use math to analyse various aspects of Christmas, such as how to wrap presents using as little wrapping paper as possible, how to decorate the Christmas tree, and how to win playing Monopoly.The mathematical concepts used include Markov chains, gr [...]

This was a quick and easy read, and a novel concept. I had very high hopes for this one, as Dr Fry's previous book, "The Mathematics of Love", is fantastic and has lots of fascinating facts that apply to every day life. With The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus, I was entertained but didn't feel I learned as many fascinating facts as with The Mathematics of Love. Worth a read if only for the mathematical analysis of Monopoly strategies.

This is a very entertaining book. While there may be some leaps the maths is also made relatively understandable with notes for the more advanced. Having read this so close to Christmas I'm not sure how much I can implement! However it's a fun read for this time of year and easy to read on the morning commute.

Pleasantly tongue-in-cheek. Reminiscent of the (ridiculous) conversations I have with friends and family. The math was fun, witty, mercifully light, and (thankfully) well illustrated. A thoroughly enjoyable (and thoroughly niche) book.