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A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates Paperback – October 23, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0833030474 ISBN-10: 0833030477 Edition: 0th

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  • Paperback: 628 pages
  • Publisher: American Book Publishers (October 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833030477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833030474
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found "A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates" to be one hell-of-a-good read!
Steven Nickels
I thought to myself "I love randomness and I love numbers, so what could be better than a 600 page book with random numbers?"
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I had been searching for a mentally challenging book for several months when I happened across this book.
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1,511 of 1,544 people found the following review helpful By a curious reader on October 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Such a terrific reference work! But with so many terrific random digits, it's a shame they didn't sort them, to make it easier to find the one you're looking for.
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586 of 597 people found the following review helpful By R. Rosini on October 19, 2006
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While the printed version is good, I would have expected the publisher to have an audiobook version as well. A perfect companion for one's Ipod.
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745 of 764 people found the following review helpful By Roy on October 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you like this book, I highly recommend that you read it in the original binary. As with most translations, conversion from binary to decimal frequently causes a loss of information and, unfortunately, it's the most significant digits that are lost in the conversion.
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2,865 of 2,958 people found the following review helpful By McGroarty TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book is a promising reference concept, but the execution is somewhat sloppy. Whatever generator they used was not fully tested. The bulk of each page seems random enough. However at the lower left and lower right of alternate pages, the number is found to increment directly.
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181 of 184 people found the following review helpful By pontifex on January 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book is too hard to follow, the author randomly shifts from one number to another without any prior warning.
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466 of 486 people found the following review helpful By M. Hall on December 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
After exploring the "Search Inside This Book" feature and snooping through a few of the embedded prose poems, I knew that this was a book I needed on my shelf. (Though I do admit I ordered it (ostensibly) for my girlfriend's birthday--and borrowed it when she was done!) I finished the tome in one enraptured sitting and, despite a limp third act denouement, the book was taut, well paced, and fresh.

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.
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432 of 450 people found the following review helpful By BJ on October 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
For a supposedly serious reference work the omission of an index is a major impediment. I hope this will be corrected in the next edition.
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403 of 423 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Froemke on January 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
At first, I was overjoyed when I received my copy of this book. However, when an enemy in my department showed me HER copy, I found that they were the OPPOSITE of random - they were IDENTICAL.

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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