Struck by Lightning

Struck by Lightning

The Curious World of Probabilities

eBook - 2010
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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. But we also hate uncertainty's dark side. Terrorists attack, diseases strike, accidents happen, and we never know if we'll be that one in a million statistic.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins Canada,, 2010
ISBN: 9781443401678
1443401676
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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.

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britprincess1
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

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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