Author(s): Robert Matthews
Why can't we tickle ourselves? Which properties give you the best chance of winning Monopoly? What would happen if you fell into a black hole? Is it possible to hurt your brain if you think too much? In this entertaining and enlightening tour of day-to-day life, award-winning writer and scientist Robert Matthews tackles everything from the puzzling maths of odd socks to the real 'string theory' mystery: how does string acquire all those unwanted knots?
Robert Matthews is a visiting reader at Aston University, Birmingham. He has published pioneering research in fields ranging from code-breaking to coincidence, and won an Ig Nobel Prize for his studies of Murphy's Law. Beyond his column for the Sunday Telegraph, he has written for the Financial Times and New Scientist and now contributes 'The Analyst' update to BBC Focus.