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Season 2009 Episode 1124

John D. Barrow: The Maths of Sorting Things Out

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John D. Barrow: The Maths of Sorting Things Out
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What is the best way to pack? Some examples of different packing strategies will lead us to the best way of packing many things of different sizes. We look at the different strategies that can be used to board passengers on to aircraft and discover that the standard load-from-the-back model is the second worst possible. But what is the best way? What are the best denominations of coins to have in order to be able to make all possible amounts of change as efficiently as possible? For downloadable files and the transcript of this lecture, please visit the event's page on the Gresham College website:Gresham College Lectures and Eventsmoreless
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