# Probabilities: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives

By Peter Olofsson

What are the chances?

Find out during this interesting exploration ofprobabilities in our daily lives

“If there's whatever you need to be aware of, or remind your self, approximately percentages, then glance no additional than this finished, but wittily written and stress-free, compendium of ways to use likelihood calculations in real-world situations.”
Keith Devlin, Stanford college, nationwide Public Radio’s “Math man” and writer of the mathematics Gene and the maths Instinct

“A pleasant consultant to the occasionally counterintuitive self-discipline of chance. Olofsson issues out significant principles right here, explains vintage puzzles there, and in every single place makes unfastened use of witty vignettes to teach and amuse.”
John Allen Paulos, Temple college, writer of Innumeracy and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

“Beautifully written, with interesting examples and tidbits of knowledge. Olofsson lightly and persuasively exhibits us the way to imagine essentially 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 typical irregularities, Probabilities: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives investigates the often-surprising results of probability 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 best way to imagine directly in an international of randomness and uncertainty.

• Why it's not that staggering for somebody to win the lottery twice
• How a defective likelihood calculation pressured an blameless girl to spend 3 years in prison
• How to put bets if you happen to completely insist on gambling
• How a newspaper grew to become an opinion ballot into one of many maximum election errors in history

Educational, eloquent, and interesting, Probabilities: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives is the suitable better half for a person who desires to receive a greater figuring out of the math of chance.

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