"In Chance, celebrated mathematician Amir D. Aczel turns his sights on probability theory - the branch of mathematics that measures the likelihood of a random event. He explains probability in clear, layperson's terms, and shows its practical applications." "What is commonly called "luck" has mathematical roots - and in Chance, you'll learn to increase your odds of success in everything from true love to the stock market."--BOOK JACKET.

Publisher:
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, c2004.

ISBN:
9781568583167

1568583168

1568583168

Characteristics:
xiii, 161 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

Contents:
1. What is probability?

2. Measuring the probability

3. The law of unions

4. Independence of events

5. Subjective probability

6. The complement of an event, and the union of independent events

7. Random walks and the gambler's ruin

8. What is randomness?

9. Pascal's triangle

10. The inspection paradox

11. The birthday problem

12. Coincidences

13. How to succeed in love (find the best apartment, or adopt the best puppy)

14. How to make decisions under uncertainty

15. Game strategies

16. Bayes's theorem

17. The normal curve

18. Understanding the presidential election (and other) polls

19. Conclusion

Appendix / Brad Johnson.

2. Measuring the probability

3. The law of unions

4. Independence of events

5. Subjective probability

6. The complement of an event, and the union of independent events

7. Random walks and the gambler's ruin

8. What is randomness?

9. Pascal's triangle

10. The inspection paradox

11. The birthday problem

12. Coincidences

13. How to succeed in love (find the best apartment, or adopt the best puppy)

14. How to make decisions under uncertainty

15. Game strategies

16. Bayes's theorem

17. The normal curve

18. Understanding the presidential election (and other) polls

19. Conclusion

Appendix / Brad Johnson.

Summary:
"In Chance, celebrated mathematician Amir D. Aczel turns his sights on probability theory - the branch of mathematics that measures the likelihood of a random event. He explains probability in clear, layperson's terms, and shows its practical applications." "What is commonly called "luck" has mathematical roots - and in Chance, you'll learn to increase your odds of success in everything from true love to the stock market."--BOOK JACKET.

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