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The Book of Odds: From Lightning Strikes to Love at First Sight, the Odds of Everyday Life Paperback – January 7, 2014
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The Book of Odds…shows the surprising probabilities governing everyday life, including how your sex life stacks up. (Salon.com)
An enticing read from cover to cover, the odds are great that you will enjoy this book. (Library Journal)
About the Author
Amram Shapiro is the founder and president of the Book of Odds. He is coauthor of Product Development, Success Through Product and Cycle-Time Excellence and has contributed to numerous journals including Research Technology Management and CFO magazine.
Louise Firth Campbell is the chief operating officer of the Book of Odds. She has more than twenty-five years' experience advising companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations on strategic business, technology, and marketing issues, as well as on public policy.
Rosalind Wright is the founding editor of the Book of Odds. She has published two novels: Rocking, which received an award from PEN International, and Veracruz, which received the top fiction prize from the Texas Institute of Letters.
Top Customer Reviews
The focus in initial chapters on sex, romance, pregnancy etc may strike readers as a cheap way to boost sales. In fact, my data on search engine searches for "chance of" shows that over 25% of such search engine queries are about contraception or pregnancy related matters, so the range of topics in the book is in fact not so far removed from the range of topics for which people actually care about chances.
As a final comment, much psychological research such as Thinking, Fast and Slow and Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction shows that in thinking about chances for (say) "will this recent marriage last 10 years?" people put too much weight on their evaluation of the specific people and not enough weight on the statistical "base rate" for such events, so there is actual value in knowing these statistics.
I must say, I think Pythagoras would be thrilled because today we have a new way to see our lives through numbers, it's called the Book of Odds. The Book of Odds offers unique insights into human nature and our interaction with the world around us.
Did you know that 1 in 1.3 people (age 18-29) would "endure all things" for the person they loved or that 1 in 1.4 people believe in a personal God? Have you ever wondered about the odds of being struck by lighting or having a daughter who is left handed? What are the odds your next child will be boy or your husband thinks about his weight? You'll find the answer to these questions and many more in the fascinating Book of Odds.
Sometimes humorous, often sobering, always enlightening, the Book of Odds enumerates the age in which we live. If numbers are a means by which we choose to order and define ourselves in the modern age, then the Book of Odds is an epic which tells our story.
Joel Schwartz, co-author of It Ain’t Necessarily So: How Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The odds are you could not find anything better for the average person to understand.Published 11 months ago by bblwn
This book has some interesting information on pretty much every page. The format and pictures make it easy to pick up and browse at your leisure. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by E-Rock
The Book of Odds is like a bottle of good wine, best to be shared with others. It will, without a doubt, enliven any dinner or cocktail party. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by John Holecek
Bought this book at the Newtonville Books "Book of Odds" reception and have kept it on my bedside table ever since for my nightly reading pleasure! Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Arleen Ashjian
A great book with tons of interesting and that provoking stats. Great to give as a gift and for the lover of fun facts. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by Dan R
Probably had excessive expectations, but expected broader range of useful odds that might be useful in work. Was more about love than lightning. Can be read in a couple of hours.Published on February 23, 2014 by Kiwiruss
For anyone who loves trivia and fun things, this book is a must! We know we live in a big world, but it's fun to look at it from this book's point of view - what are the odds on... Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Michael Peacock
This book provides an amazingly useful collection of odds (probabilities) for important everyday events across ones life span. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Jim
We just got our copy and we can not put it down the family dinner table is devoted to laughing over the latest new fact from the book of odds. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by M. Quinn