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Digital Dice by Paul J. Nahin

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1. The Clumsy Dishwasher Problem

A broken dish is not something to take lightly. It was a broken, dirty banquet dish that killed the French mathematician Edouard Lucas in 1891; he died, at age fourty-nine, from an erysipelas infection resulting from a cut after a sharp fragment from a dish dropped by a waiter flew up and hit him in the face.

Suppose a restaurant employs five dishwashers. In a one-week interval they break five dishes, with four breakages due to the same individual. His colleagues thereafter call him “clumsy,” but he claims it ...

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