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The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, And Rare Events Happen Every Day (2014)

by David J. Hand(Favorite Author)
3.58 of 5 Votes: 4
0374175349 (ISBN13: 9780374175344)
Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
review 1: This is a very good book that is successful in conveying the mathematical basis for for why rare events are rare but still happen all of the time. The equations are the book's strongest point and its weakness lies with its application of theory. The basis of improbability in history is thin and derived from numerous earlier works that did a better job of explaining these ideas in-depth. If you're looking for hard numbers or an introduction to the topic, this is a good place to start.
review 2: One confession before I start the review – I used to hate statistics as a subject in school and college with a madness that only I was aware of. Simply put it was beyond me. That’s it. When I saw this book in the list by Random house I Google-d the book as always and
... morewas amazed at what was there in the book.The probability factor has always fascinated me with it’s could bes and would bes here the author has taken it to an altogether new depths completely. The beauty of such books is that though the author is a renowned in that field the book is written for a novice. Someone who has interest in that topic and wants to know more about the topic in detail would love reading this book. The author has done an amazing work in bringing together some of the most profound theories in the simplest manner in this book making it a thoroughly enjoyable read.Strongly recommended for people who enjoy reading topic based books coming from such renowned maestros ! less
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A fascinating and readable book about probability mathematics. Yeah, I'm a geek.
Lots of good rules on critical thinking and how not to be fooled by coincidence.
Good reference material
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