What can you do with your maths? You can use it to thoroughly understand all manner of things that cannot be dealt with in any other way. This book serves up a variety of problems and shows how mathematics answers them. Topics range from cracking codes to the persistence of recessive genes; from logic puzzles to classical geometry; and from planetary motion questions to predicting the market share of competing companies. And there are other problems where the
mathematics itself is intrinsically surprising and interesting.
Born in Australia and having worked both there and in California, Peter Higgins moved with his wife and four children to Essex University in Colchester in 1990 where he has worked ever since. He is a research algebraist, a writer of popular mathematics books, and inventor of the puzzle type Circular Sudoku. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and won the Premio Peano prize for the best book about mathematics published in Italy in 2012.