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And this illustrates the basic difficulty with points systems of any sort – there is always a subjective element that could have been chosen differently. org>). 14 | john d. barrow CHAPTER 4 Queen Dido and the mathematics of the extreme greg bason I n 814 BC the Phoenician princess Dido was fleeing across the Mediterranean. Her brother had killed her husband and had denied her a share of the throne of the city-state of Tyre. When she arrived on the coast of North Africa, a local king granted her as much land as could be enclosed by the hide of a single ox.

14 | john d. barrow CHAPTER 4 Queen Dido and the mathematics of the extreme greg bason I n 814 BC the Phoenician princess Dido was fleeing across the Mediterranean. Her brother had killed her husband and had denied her a share of the throne of the city-state of Tyre. When she arrived on the coast of North Africa, a local king granted her as much land as could be enclosed by the hide of a single ox. The wise princess ordered the hide to be cut into thin strips, joined together, and arranged to form a circle, for she knew that this shape would give the maximum area of land.

HarperCollins. org>). the mathematics of messages | 9 CHAPTER 3 Decathlon: The art of scoring points john d. barrow T he decathlon consists of ten track and field events spread over two days. It is the most physically demanding event for athletes. On day one, the 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400 metres are contested. On day two, the competitors face the 110 metre hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and, finally, the 1500 metres. In order to combine the results of these very different events – some give times and some give distances – a points system has been developed.

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