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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Mathematics cyance, history of mathematicshistory of science. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat Aczel’s father was the captain of a passenger ship that sailed primarily in the Mediterranean Sea.

University of California, Berkeley University of Oregon. 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.

Alongside chapters on “The Surprising Birthday Problem,” “Coincidences,” and “How to Make Great Decisions” are a history of probability theory and anecdotes of its chancd applications.

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When he was ten, Aczel’s father taught his son how to steer a ship and navigate. The book’s deficiencies include: An entertaining introduction to one of the most universally relevant and most widely misunderstood branches of mathematics.

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The reason why I gave this book a 4-star rating as opposed to the previous reviews is that the book was genuinely thought-provoking. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Language: Views Read Edit View history. Account Options Sign in. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. No eBook available Amazon. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Amir Aczel takes the reader through a combination of Math, Biology, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry and History to “prove” mathematically that there must be life beyond Earth.

Aczel also provides an overview of the relevant developments in astronomy and biology–laying the groundwork to show that the universe’s chemistry must add up to life. But the inferences are absurd.

Not Chancs Screen Reader: There was a problem filtering reviews right now. In summary, I recommend this book if you’re looking for a a quick read that will make you think, but if you’re looking for depth and accuracy, look elsewhere.

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Whether his final argument is plausible or not, I cannot judge. Please try again later. 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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Acze, from ” https: Aczel tackles that paradox after he goes through the statistical calculations for the probability of intelligent life, considering factors such as how many stars are in a galaxy, how many of those stars might be hospitable, how many might have planets, and how many planets might have environments suitable to support life as we know it or as we don’t.

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In one long trial of coin flips, the number of heads stayed above the number of tails for nearly three thousand turns; in the very long run, it did even out, but aczl relying on a split would have been bankrupted long before the law of averages came to their rescue. Thunder’s Mouth Press- Mathematics – pages. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.