- Paperback: 628 pages
- Publisher: American Book Publishers (November 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0833030477
- ISBN-13: 978-0833030474
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (634 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates 0th Edition
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I do, however, have one concern. I stumbled upon the book while looking up the ISBN number for Haynes' Owner Workshop Manual for Honda 2-valve Twins (1977 - 1985) -- and I got to thinking... Perhaps running across ISBN# 1 85010 359 3 in Rand's "A Million Random Digits" wasn't a coincidence -- perhaps some of the digits aren't that *random* at all. I don't mean to be an alarmist--and I certainly don't bandy about charges of plagiarism lightly--but if you will, please note this excerpt from the author's tender preface:
738 9377504 03478 47589 43 705 47309 67490 27348 57490 57443509 37405 40978 39794 "31847 57303!" 57049 325740 57403 7509347?
Now, we can't help but notice a completely different "voice" littered throughout the book. For example, in the opening of the penultimate chapter:
704478 489 705 47390 278 574409 3705 978794 9847 57303 57049 32740 574035093 473
Or the crassness in the "bedroom" scene:
473268978 971 23473 3785 [expletive] 3434987 3490809 34709 34908 40700 34087 439874 97835
And after the embarrassment (we'd all rather forget) concerning Wm. T Metzger's otherwise breathtaking "Table of 10,000 square roots: Gives square roots up to 4 digits on the basis of the square roots arranged in consecutive order 1 to 10,000 and the numbers ranging from 1 to 100,000,000" the publishing world can't afford another snafu.
It is very frustrating, let alone dangerous for my agents in the field; do not rely on this book for generating codes!
Its list of deviates is very nice for someone in my profession, however.
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