Struck by Lightning
The Curious World of Probabilities
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Struck by Lightning by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal
Book DescriptionFrom terrorist attacks to big money jackpots, Struck by Lightning deconstructs the odds and oddities of chance, examining both the relevant and irreverent role of randomness in our everyday lives. Human beings have long been both fascinated and appalled by randomness. On the one hand, we love the thrill of a surprise party, the unpredictability of a budding romance, or the freedom of not knowing what tomorrow will bring. We are inexplicably delighted by strange coincidences and striking similarities. But we also hate uncertainty's dark side. From cancer to SARS, diseases strike with no apparent pattern. Terrorists attack, airplanes crash, bridges collapse, and we never know if we'll be that one in a million statistic. We are all constantly faced with situations and choices that involve randomness and uncertainty. A basic understanding of the rules of probability theory, applied to real-life circumstances, can help us to make sense of these situations, to avoid unnecessary fear, to seize the opportunities that randomness presents to us, and to actually enjoy the uncertainties we face. The reality is that when it comes to randomness, you can run, but you can't hide. So many aspects of our lives are governed by events that are simply not in our control. In this entertaining yet sophisticated look at the world of probabilities, author Jeffrey Rosenthal--an improbably talented math professor--explains the mechanics of randomness and teaches us how to develop an informed perspective on probability.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780309097345
(203mm x 127mm x 18mm)
Imprint: National Academies Press
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey S. Rosenthal
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Explains the mechanics of randomness in fields as diverse as poker hands, email spam, crime statistics, opinion polls and lottery jackpots. This book discusses topics such as: lottery jackpots; terrorist attacks; public opinion polls; margins of error, casino games, how probability can help fight spam e-mail, and more.
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