ISBN 9780552170192,The Improbability Principle: Why coincidences, miracles and rare events happen all the time

The Improbability Principle: Why coincidences, miracles and rare events happen all the time

Author:

David Hand

Publisher:

Random House

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ISBN 9780552170192
Publisher

Random House

Publication Year 2015
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780552170192

ISBN-10 0552170194
Binding

Paper Back

Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Literature fiction

David Hand discusses why miraculous events happen more frequently than we expect and why we have every right to expect them to happen. He applies the principles of probability, gambling and coincidences to reveal how and why improbable events occur. He brings together a collection of irregular events which are often thought unexplainable and reveals how mathematics can be harnessed to study them. He discusses what the Bible code and Shakespeare have in common, how to win a lottery and how Apple's song shuffling algorithm isn't all as random as it seems. To add fuel to the fire, he also discusses why lightning can, in fact, strike twice.

About David J. Hand

David J. Hand is an English academic and mathematician. He is the emeritus professor of mathematics and senior research investigator at the Imperial College London. He has also written The Information Generation: How Data Rules Our World and Statistics: A Very Short Introduction
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