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15. How Long Is the Wait to Get the Potato Salad?

But the waiting time, my brothers,Is the hardest time of all.

Psalms of Life (1871) by Sarah Doudney

Probability theory has been a branch of mathematics for several hundred years, but new subspecialities are added on a fairly regular basis. About a hundred years ago the still active field of queueing theory was founded, which is the mathematical study of waiting. We all know what it is to have to wait for just about any sort of service, and examples of waiting are nearly endless. You have to ...

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