Chance by Amir D. Aczel
A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market and Just About Everything Else

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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.

About Amir D. Aczel

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Amir D. Aczel is the bestselling author of ten books, including "Entanglement, The Riddle of the Compass, The Mystery of the Aleph, " and "Fermat's Last Theorem." He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Published April 27, 2009 by Basic Books. 176 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Building from simpler to more complex examples, the author offers insights into phenomena that seem counterintuitive to many nonmathematicians, such as the “gambler’s ruin,” a proof that while the so-called law of averages will in the long run produce results that fit the predictions of simplisti...

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But we might all save a good deal of time, money and -- in some cases -- political embarrassment by following the advice set out by Aczel, whose aim is no less than ''to help you define the indefinable, so that the world around you makes sense and you're able to make better decisions in your life...

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