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Enzensberger cleverly helps us understand the fine line between fact and fiction when it comes to the movements in financial markets by revealing that economic fundamentals are of limited value: in the end, prices and market direction are determined by financial speculation. --Sanford L. Herzfeld, Director and Senior Vice President, David William Securities

... to say that Enzensberger has reinvented the essay would hardly be an exaggeration; he has customised the form with a gusto verging on virtuosity ... --The Independent

... one of Germany's leading public intellectuals ... Enzensberger is the most important postwar writer you have never read ... --London Review of Books

About the Author

Bestselling author of The Number Devil, Hans Magnus Enzensberger has been at the forefront of the German and European cultural scenes for more than four decades. He has published over sixty books of poetry, prose, and cultural and political commentary that have been translated into more than forty languages. The many honors and awards he has received include The Georg Buechner Prize, the Heinrich Boell Prize, the Heinrich Heine Prize, the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize, and the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award.
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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Upper West Side Philosophers; 1st edition (February 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935830015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935830016
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fatal Numbers" is an engagingly written anatomy of the myths human beings have created about certainty. Using cogent reasoning leavened with wry humor, Enzensberger examines the poignant need we have for The Sure Thing, in lotteries as in life. The book is very enjoyable in its interrogation of many aspects of everyday thinking and behavior, and will bring satisfaction whether one is a serious student of statistics or simply looking for a smart book for subway or beach reading.
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I have recommended this book to a number of people. It's a concise demonstration of how probabilities can be non-intuitive, misunderstood, or misused. It includes some really terrific examples and is interesting whether you have a strong math background or simply an interest in prob & stats.
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