In Chance, celebrated mathematician Amir D. Aczel turns his sights on probability theory—the branch of mathematics that measures the likelihood of a. Elissa Schappell reviews book Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market and Just About Everything Else by Amir D Aczel; drawing. Are you a betting person? Here’s how to calculate the odds.

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Please try again later. When he was ten, Aczel’s father taught his son how to steer a ship and navigate.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. If it weren’t for the fact that this book made me actually think, it would merit a much lower rating. amiir

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Not Enabled Screen Reader: Several years later Aczel earned a Ph. The nineteen chapters are quite short While teaching at Bentley, Aczel wrote several non-technical books on mathematics and science, as well as two textbooks. A very interesting book. Product details File Size: Whether his final argument is plausible or not, I cannot judge. Inhe became amr research fellow at the Boston University Center azel Philosophy and History of Scienceand in Fall was teaching mathematics courses at University of Massachusetts Boston.

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But we have no idea what p actually is. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. University of California, Berkeley University of Oregon. I tried to find information regarding the inspection paradox which underlies his basic argument, but I found that a deeper understanding of probability and higher math is probably required to comprehend it.


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Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: He defines probability, then devotes each short chapter to explaining how it works in some concrete instance, such as the odds of drawing a spade from a deck of ami.

For instance he notes that mammals and birds evolving over the last 70 million or so years are likely more intelligent that earlier creatures, and that chane are even more intelligent, and concludes “given enough millions of years from the time the DNA molecule arrives or evolves on a planet, intelligence will inevitably be cbance ultimate outcome”.

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Suppose there is some probability p that life evolves around a given star.

The substitution of “match” for “natch” short for naturally really jumps out at the reader. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


azel Although, in his calculation of the probability of life in the universe would not be affected greatly even by a significant change in this number, I’m wondering how a statistician can use a probability based on a sample size of 9.

See all Editorial Reviews. Showing of 27 reviews. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The background factual science content is accurate, and engagingly written at the lighter end of the popular science spectrum, though the topics will be mostly familiar to readers of popular science.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Learn more about Amazon Prime. While it isn’t a very sound theorm, it is still very interesting. If you are looking for a definitive work on the science behind Extra Terrestrial Intelligent, this isn’t for you.

For thousands of years, it was the visionaries and writers who argued that we cannot be alone-that there is intellegent life in the universe. Alongside chapters on “The Surprising Birthday Problem,” “Coincidences,” and “How to Make Great Decisions” are a history of ami theory and anecdotes of its daily applications.

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