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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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Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers by Paul J. Nahin

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What are an chances duepling will snow on your birthday in any given year? This is yet another excellent contribution by professor Paul Nahin. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Some knowledge of basic probability and random variables is required to fully understand the problems and solutions.

In brief, there is a place for this book in the collection of any keen probabilist with an eye for some of the more unusual elementary problems in the field. No trivia or quizzes yet. See all 3 reviews. Jul 05, David rated it did not like it. The solutions are presented here in detail, and many contain a profound element of surprise. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. I am giving it two stars rather than one because it could provide some probability theory buff with a nice set of “real life” applications — good as an probabklity text book for an undergraduate probability class e.


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The first gives “The Problems” and the second yields “The Solutions”; the third explains how computers otheg random “more precisely called pseudo-random” numbers, and concludes with a series of programs that simulate the problems in part one. This elementary editorial omission wears the reader’s patience very thin, very quickly. Jolyn Brand rated it liked it May 12, What Paul Nahin offers is essentially the mathematical equivalent of a collection of Far Side cartoons: The descriptions go into some detail, and provide hints.

So thank you, Professor Nahin, for the unexpected leg up! Clearly not for a general audience, but still quite a bit of fun.

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The Solutions – Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers [Book]

idoits In this collection of twenty-one puzzles, Paul Nahin challenges us to think creatively about the laws of probability as they apply in playful, sometimes deceptive, ways to a fascinating array of speculative situations. Write a customer review. This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. The computer simulations, however, can be rewritten using any languange.


This was a surprise: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Nahin comes across as nad condescending at times the book was written with his undergraduate students in mind, and tends to forget there are other mathematics programs in the world—or pretends they’re pitiful garbageand his intuition for probability is sometimes surprisingly poor though that mostly only shows in the throw-away banter, not in the problems themselvesbut on the whole, this turned out to be a better little book than I was expecting.

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Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers by Paul J. J. Nahin

MikeG rated it really liked it Feb 18, 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. The text includes a good deal of personal, technical and historical background to the topics under discussion, between solid chunks of mathematical working.

How can researchers use coin flipping and the laws of probability to obtain honest answers to embarrassing survey questions?

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