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Gallia Est Omnis Divisa In Partes Quattuor

Neil Calkin and Colm Mulcahy

in The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164038
eISBN:
9781400881338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.003.0010
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter presents a single unified proof for a certain move that could be performed on packets of cards which, when repeated four times, brought the cards back to their initial arrangement. That ... More


The Logic of Uncertainty

Peter Coles

in From Cosmos to Chaos: The Science of Unpredictability

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198567622
eISBN:
9780191718250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567622.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Since the subject of this book is probability, its meaning and its relevance for science and society, this chapter starts with a short explanation of how to go about the business of calculating ... More


Heartless Poker

Dominic Lanphier and Laura Taalman

in The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164038
eISBN:
9781400881338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.003.0011
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter considers three hands in poker. It shows how the probabilities of obtaining a Full House, Straight, and Flush level off compared to the probabilities of the other hands, and then looks ... More


An Introduction to Gilbreath Numbers

Robert W. Vallin

in The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164038
eISBN:
9781400881338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.003.0012
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter mathematically analyzes the behavior of a card trick described by an undergraduate math major at the University of California, Los Angeles, named Norman Gilbreath. Stated succinctly, ... More


Spenser’s Miniature Map of Faerie

Katarzyna Lecky

in Pocket Maps and Public Poetry in the English Renaissance

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198834694
eISBN:
9780191872778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198834694.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Chapter 1 reads Spenser’s 1590 Faerie Queene in light of the miniature cartographic aesthetic exemplified by William Bowes’s 1590 county playing cards. I show that in the poem, which earned Spenser a ... More


Ephemerality

in Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226469140
eISBN:
9780226469287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226469287.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter considers ephemeral print: tickets, handbills, playing cards, periodicals unlikely to be reread, crude woodcuts, completed or blank forms. Unlike durable print, ephemeral print can be ... More


The Pains of Racism

Coretta Phillips

in The Multicultural Prison: Ethnicity, Masculinity, and Social Relations among Prisoners

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199697229
eISBN:
9780191760556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697229.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

Here prisoners' perspectives on their institutional treatment as racialized prisoners are explored. The chapter considers equating the pains and deprivations of imprisonment with the pains of racist ... More


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