By Ross Honsberger
Ross Honsberger has compiled one other selection of miscellaneous gemstones from ordinary arithmetic, this time from assets across the world, and varying from the newest overseas Olympiads the entire as far back as Euclid. every one casts gentle on a outstanding outcome or a super gadget and any reader with just a modest mathematical history will take pleasure in the creative recommendations which are additionally offered.
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61. I have chosen to use Pitzer's estimate for 1970 in the calculations that appear in the text because it is supported by Lee's estimates and until recently was the only number in the published literature that did not have to be derived from relevant, but imprecise, ancillary data. 36.
The answer widely circulated in the early 1970s was that the Soviet military machine-building sector was hyperproductive. Because the defense sector had priority in its access to the best resources, personnel, and technology, REAL SOVIET ARMS PROCUREMENT EXPENDITURES, 1960-1978 41 unit production costs were declining rapidly. As a consequence, while real procurement was rising, total procurement costs were not. The putative inconsistency therefore was not a real inconsistency; it was an illusion.
They were paid for out of the fund for the national economy. The figures reported by the informant were entirely out of proportion to anything previously supposed. 9 billion rubles, as officially claimed, or 25 billion rubles, as esti- 42 STEVEN ROSEFIELDE mated by the CIA, it was 50 billion rubles. 5 billion rubles. The conclusion seemed inescapable. Some time in the early 1960s, the Soviets decided to embark on a massive arms buildup, concealing their intentions by publishing misleading information on their defense expenditures.