2000 Mathematics Subject Classification. Primary 00A05, 90C27, 05A15.
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The shoelace book : a mathematical guide to the best (and worst) ways to lace your shoes /
p. cm. — (Mathematical world, ISSN 1055-9426 ; v. 24)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-8218-3933-0 (softcover : alk. paper)
1. Mathematics—Miscellanea. 2. Combinatorial optimization. 3. Shoelaces—Mathematics.
I. Title. II. Series.
QA99 .P65 2006
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