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The improbability principle : why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day

Author: D J Hand
Publisher: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"An eye-opening and engrossing look at rare moments, why they occur, and how they shape our world In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand unveils his groundbreaking argument that extraordinarily rare events are in fact commonplace. Weaving together fascinating new ways to think about chance, Hand highlights his "law of near enough," the "look elsewhere effect," and more, doing for
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: D J Hand
ISBN: 9780374175344 0374175349 9780374535001 0374535000 0593072812 9780593072813 0593072820 9780593072820
OCLC Number: 846545827
Description: xii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The mystery --
A capricious universe --
What is chance? --
The law of inevitability --
The law of truly large numbers --
The law of selection --
The law of the probability lever --
The law of near enough --
The human mind --
Life, the universe, and everything --
How to use the improbability principle --
Appendix A. Mind-numbingly large and mind-bogglingly small --
Appendix B. Rules of chance.
Responsibility: David J. Hand.
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Why is it that incredibly unlikely phenomena actually happen quite regularly and why should we, in fact, expect such things to happen? This title answers this question by weaving together various  Read more...

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