Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers has 40 ratings and 8 reviews. David said: This is a very good book about methods for computing probability. This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. Their solutions occupy 95 pages. Review of Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers, Paul J. Nahin: a very good read, a very useful book, very nice problems.

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Though probability problems can look, from afar, like extrapolations of common sense, many require mental contortions and counterintuitive realizations that make the right solutions hard to find.

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The solutions are presented here in detail, and many contain a profound element of surprise. Jul 05, David rated it did not like it. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. This site uses cookies.

The scenario concerns a markswom The author explicitly intends this book to be a list of probability puzzles that are of higher calibre than the ones occasionally presented by Marilyn vos Savant in PARADE magazine the celebrity-gossip insert that comes in the weekend newspaper. They appeal to a crowd with different levels of education and offer a new idioys or two to all.


Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Measurement Science and TechnologyVolume 12Number 3. I believe that the computer programs could have been included in a CD or diskette, or a download site could have been used.

The second part contains the analytic solutions to the puzzles. In the second part, he provides complete solutions to the problems, both analytical and through computer simulation in most cases. Good algebra skills are essential, and calculus is also required to solve some of the puzzles analytically. This is yet another excellent contribution by professor Paul Nahin.

Will read at least one more book by this author – An Imaginary Tale: See all Editorial Reviews. The third part contains computer programs for simulating the solutions; the programs are written in Matlab, iiots for me is just perfect. Measurement Science and Technology. AlexBlokhuis rated it it was amazing Oct 21, At least until you finish your elementary course in probability.

Apart from that, you will find a better puzzle book almost anywhere you look. This elementary editorial omission wears the ieiots patience very thin, very quickly. Those solutions, in turn, lead readers into neat concepts from higher mathematicsDthe Markov chain that involves matrices and the field called geometric probability. Paperbackpages.

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Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers by Paul J. Nahin

The book is divided into three main parts. Those duelling idiots are fighting over a goldmine. Let’s say you Probabiligy is a recreational puzzle book for anyone who’s completed the freshmen calculus sequence and taken a first course in probability and knows how to program.


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This book is divided into three parts. Share your thoughts with other customers. Not all of the problems are interesting, but most of them are puzzlefs interesting than the usual problems you get in books masquerading as popular mathematics.

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Yet all a sophisticated reader finds here is technical sloppiness and absence of fresh otner. There are several examples, but one might single out the solution to problem 18, where iviots pages are spent hammering out a double integral; but it does in fact yield quickly and quietly to a simple standard polar transformation.

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