"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.
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.