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enMathematical mysteries: What colour is my hat?
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Mark Wainwright </div>
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<p>This is a game played between a team of 3 people (Ann, Bob and Chris, say), and a TV game show host. The team enters the room, and the host places a hat on each of their heads. Each hat is either red or blue at random (the host tosses a coin for each team-member to decide which colour of hat to give them). The players can see each others' hats, but no-one can see their own hat.</p>
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<p>This is a game played between a team of 3 people (Ann, Bob and Chris, say), and a TV game show host. The team enters the room, and the host places a hat on each of their heads. Each hat is either red or blue at random (the host tosses a coin for each team-member to decide which colour of hat to give them). The players can see each others' hats, but no-one can see their own hat.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-mysteries-what-colour-my-hat" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-mysteries-what-colour-my-hat#comments16error-correcting codegame theoryHamming codeMathematical mysteriesstrategyFri, 01 Dec 2000 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin4752 at http://plus.maths.org/contentTake a break
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Emily Dixon </div>
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There are many errors that can occur when numbers are written, printed or transferred in any manner. Luckily, there are schemes in place to detect, and in some cases even correct, such errors almost immediately. <strong>Emily Dixon</strong> takes a break and discovers that codes are not just for sleuths. </div>
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<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/take-break" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/take-break#comments12barcodeerror-correcting codeISBNmodular arithmeticnon-commutativitypermutationThu, 31 Aug 2000 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2171 at http://plus.maths.org/contentCoding theory: the first 50 years
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Richard Pinch </div>
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Space probes, like NASA's recent Pathfinder mission to Mars, have radio transmitters of only a few watts, but have to transmit pictures and scientific data across hundreds of millions of miles without the information being completely swamped by noise. Read about how coding theory helps. </div>
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<p>In recent weeks people all over the world have been fascinated by the pictures and scientific data being relayed from Mars by NASA's Pathfinder mission. For decades space probes have been sending back similar data from the furthest planets. Yet the power of the radio transmitters on these craft is only a few watts, comparable to the strength of a dim electric light bulb. How can this
information be reliably transmitted across hundreds of millions of miles without being completely swamped by noise?<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/coding-theory-first-50-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/coding-theory-first-50-years#comments3codeerror-correcting codeparity codeSun, 31 Aug 1997 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2151 at http://plus.maths.org/content