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How Many Licks? (Or, How to Estimate Damn Near Anything)

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  • Uses Enrico Fermi's theory of approximation
  • How long would it take to eat the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?
  • Great gift for math geeks and teachers

Remember that owl in the Tootsie Pop commercial? The one that stole that kid's Tootsie Pop and then ate it? Stupid owl. Anyway, if that kid had known how to estimate properly, he wouldn't have had to ask Mr. Owl and he wouldn't have lost his candy. He needed a copy of How Many Licks? (Or, How to Estimate Damn Near Anything), because this book really does teach you how to estimate properly.

By using Enrico "Smarty Pants" Fermi's theory of approximation, How Many Licks? bring the world of numbers into perspective. You will learn how to analyze an estimation problem, figure out the variables involved, and build an equation to solve the problem - all by examining questions found in pop culture. You'll examine such questions as:

  • How long would it take to drive to the Sun?
  • How many people are having sex right at this moment?
  • How long would it take to eat the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?
  • And 67 other funny and thought provoking questions!

How Many Licks? is a great book for those of us who love word and number puzzles, for those of us who like reading, or for those of us who are kept up at night wondering just how many licks it really does take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.

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