January 2011

The Auto Drivers of Chennai

January 2, 2011

A few months ago, I had a great time on my flight back from India reading the hilarious “2 States” novel by Chetan Bhagat*. I laughed loudly a few times, making some of fellow passengers look strangely at me. The book is about how a boy (from North India) and a girl (from South India) want […]

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Good Math, Bad Math Explanations

January 1, 2011

Steven Landsburg at the Big Questions posted and answered this frequently‐asked math puzzle: There’s a certain country where everybody wants to have a son. Therefore each couple keeps having children until they have a boy; then they stop. What fraction of the population is female? This is an interesting puzzle because as you proceed from […]

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