The Book of Odds: From Lightning Strikes to Love at First Sight, the Odds of Everyday Life Paperback – Illustrated, 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.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (January 7, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 235 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062060856
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062060853
- Item Weight : 1.46 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.73 x 7.62 x 0.58 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #951,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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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
I wouldn't call it an academic book but the data contains pretty thorough sources for a book. The sources to all the odds are on each page in a sort of wikipedia-like caption.
There is a lot of cool stuff that I had never even thought about before in the book and so I recommend it.
Top reviews from other countries
You just go through each one so fast that you don't retain any one of them.
I think it would have been better done with less stats but good ones with some kind of story or reflections around each.