Struck by Lightning

Struck by Lightning

The Curious World of Probabilities

Book - 2006
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From lotteries, opinion polls and insuranceto worries about murder rates, naturaldisasters and terrorism, probability plays amajor part in our everyday lives--a partthat is frequently and needlessly misunderstood.Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, a mathprofessor and improvisational comedian,comes to the rescue with this irreverent,bestselling exploration of the odds andoddities of randomness. Looking at suchfamiliar topics as poker hands, e-mailspam, political elections and game shows,Struck by Lightning puts probability intoperspective and has fun along the way.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperPerennial, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780006394952
Branch Call Number: 519.2 Ros
Characteristics: 261, 17 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

Who knew probability and statistics could be so amusing? In this bestseller, Rosenthal, a professor at the University of Toronto, explains probablility and statistics using everyday examples: the odds of winning the lottery, how political polls work and even blocking unwanted email. This entertaining book will have you looking at this branch of mathematics in a whole new light.

Feb 12, 2013

You're not going to become an economist or probability expert by reading this book, but at least you can see how probability, statistics, game theory, and other such math applies to everyday life. You understand the different types of biases, how probability works, the concepts of p-values and Gaussian distribution, utility functions, and more. I think it would be good reading in high school curricula. Best of all, it's nice to read a great book like this, a Malcolm-Gladwell-read-alike, that comes from Canada! Truly enjoyed it. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in math (and even a little bit to those who aren't)!

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Feb 12, 2013

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