viii Contents
Chapter 13. Wobbly Tables 59
Personalities
Chapter 14. Bella Abramova Subbotovskaya and the
“Jewish People’s University” 65
Chapter 15. No Answer from Professor Ekhad 75
Chapter 16. The Yippie Mathematician 79
Chapter 17. Sibling Rivalry 85
Chapter 18. A Diplomat With a Love for Numbers 89
Chapter 19. The “Wunderkind” 93
Chapter 20. Brilliant but Fallible 97
In the air
Chapter 21. The Plane Facts 103
Chapter 22. Creating Bottlenecks 107
Chapter 23. All Flights Lead to Paris...and Anchorage 111
Chapter 24. Long-Distance Flights are Grounded 115
Training the brain
Chapter 25. Calculating on the Left Side 121
Chapter 26. Losing the Language Instinct 125
Chapter 27. Information Overload 129
Chapter 28. The Case for Mental Arithmetic 133
Games, gifts, and other diversions
Chapter 29. How Many Moves to Rubik? 139
Chapter 30. A Puzzling Puzzle 143
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