By Peter Olofsson
What are the chances?
discover during this pleasing exploration of chances in our daily lives
"If there's something you must comprehend, or remind your self, approximately possibilities, then glance no extra than this accomplished, but wittily written and relaxing, compendium of the way to use likelihood calculations in real-world situations."
--Keith Devlin, Stanford college, nationwide Public Radio's "Math Guy" and writer of the maths Gene and the maths Instinct
"A pleasant advisor to the occasionally counterintuitive self-discipline of chance. Olofsson issues out significant rules right here, explains vintage puzzles there, and far and wide makes unfastened use of witty vignettes to teach and amuse."
--John Allen Paulos, Temple collage, writer of Innumeracy and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
"Beautifully written, with interesting examples and tidbits of data. Olofsson lightly and persuasively indicates us tips to imagine truly in regards to the uncertainty that governs our lives."
--John Haigh, collage of Sussex, writer of Taking percentages: profitable with Probability
From possible improbabilities to commonplace irregularities, percentages: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives investigates the often-surprising results of chance and likelihood in our daily lives. With examples starting from WWII espionage to the O. J. Simpson trial, from bridge to blackjack, from Julius Caesar to Jerry Seinfeld, the reader is taught the way to imagine immediately in a global of randomness and uncertainty.
during the ebook, readers learn:
* Why it's not that impressive for somebody to win the lottery twice
* How a defective likelihood calculation compelled an blameless lady to spend 3 years in prison
* the way to position bets if you happen to totally insist on gambling
* How a newspaper became an opinion ballot into one of many maximum election errors in history
academic, eloquent, and interesting, percentages: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives is the suitable significant other for an individual who desires to receive a greater figuring out of the maths of probability.