Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market, and


Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market, and Just About Everything Else 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, layman 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 For thousands of years, the twin forces of chance and mischance have beguiled humanity like none other Why does fortune smile on some people, and smirk on others What is luck, and why does it so often visit the undeserving How can we predict the random events happening around us Even better, how can we manipulate them In this delightful and lucid voyage through the realm of the random, Dr Aczel once again makes higher mathematics intelligible to us



10 thoughts on “Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market, and Just About Everything Else

  1. says:

    I wish it had givenformulas and gone into a littledetail, but a fascinating book nevertheless


  2. says:

    Chance by Amir D Aczel is quite the gem This slim volume on probability is packed with information and applications The book makes for a great primer to the subject, mainly due to its focus on practical applications rather than some ivory tower pure mathematics.Pr


  3. says:

    Actually enjoyed this book In mostly understandable terms various ideas on probability are illustrated in an approachable manner I m not the least clever about maths I found myself re reading a few things but mainly because it was interesting and I wanted to comprehen


  4. says:

    Simplistic Read in 2 hours and learned little.


  5. says:

    This book has no organization It is just a random collection of thoughts about randomness, so I guess it does live up to its title in a way Boring, uninspiring and shallow.


  6. says:

    Useful introduction to probability, but I counted at least 5 typos.


  7. says:

    This is a delightful little book The author teaches basic probability theory by using fun examples like the chances of landing a certain job or the number of monkeys it would take to write Hamlet He also delves into a little bit of the history on how these various theories were deriv


  8. says:

    A good introduction to probabilities It s useful find out books teaching the same subject in different approaches So that practical approach was a great strength I made notes and of course I won t forget the funniest examples.


  9. says:

    A good, short primer on probability theory The title oversells, but even those who deal with statistics in their job every day like me will find it a useful refresher to some lesser encountered ideas such as the commonness of coincidences, etc.


  10. says:

    I used this book as a supplement to my research course that was heavy on statistics and probability theory.


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About the Author: Amir D. Aczel

Amir Aczel was an Israeli born American author of popular science and mathematics books He was a lecturer in mathematics and history of mathematics.He studied at the University of California, Berkeley Getting graduating with a BA in mathematics in 1975, received a Master of Science in 1976 and several years later accomplished his Ph.D in Statistics from the University of Oregon He died in N mes, France in 2015.


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