The Freshman's Approach to Conway's Napkin Problem


Arriving at a conference dinner and sitting down at any free space at a round table, one is usually confronted with a serious problem: “Should I pick the napkin on the right or on the left?” If this choice is made at random, some diners will probably have no napkin to choose from, both being taken by adjacent diners. What is the expected proportion of… (More)


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@article{Eriksen2008TheFA, title={The Freshman's Approach to Conway's Napkin Problem}, author={Niklas Eriksen}, journal={The American Mathematical Monthly}, year={2008}, volume={115}, pages={492-498} }