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Fluke : the math and myth of coincidence

Author: Joseph Mazur
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Looks at coincidences and unlikely occurrences, delving into the mathematical concepts of probability and sharing stories of striking flukes and coincidences from around the world.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Mazur
ISBN: 9780465060955 0465060951
OCLC Number: 920018267
Description: viii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The stories --
Exceptional moments --
The girl from Petrovka and other benign coincidences --
Meaningful coincidences --
The mathematics --
What are the chances? --
Bernoulli's gift --
Long strings of heads --
Pascal's triangle --
The problem with monkeys --
The analysis --
Enormity of the world --
The stories of chapter 2 revisited --
The head-scratchers --
Evidence --
Discovery --
Risk --
Psychic power --
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Joseph Mazur.

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