- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press (November 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691156808
- ISBN-13: 978-0691156804
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wonderful book for trained math lovers who enjoy the mental stimulation provided by a good mathematics puzzle."--Harold D. Shane, Library Journal
"Prolific mathematics author Nahin presents a series of thought-provoking probability questions designed to intrigue the reader. . . . In general, the solutions rely only on basic rules of probability and algebraic manipulation, while ranging in difficulty from the very straightforward to the highly challenging."--Choice
"The author's infectious enthusiasm is evident here as in his earlier books. Students at various levels and other fans of mathematics will find much to engage their interest and challenge their minds."--G. A. Heuer, Mathematical Reviews
"[T]he book provides useful problems for an instructor wishing to improve their student's ability at combinatorics, statistical distribution theory and calculus (specifically integration). . . . [T]he book also provides motivation for an interested student or reader to pursue the study of probability and statistics to a deeper level."--Gabrielle Kelly, Irish Mathematical Society Bulletin
"For mathematicians with an interest in probability theory, this is a fun holiday book."--Eos blog
"I found it both enjoyable and enlightening. I am happy to recommend it."--Ed Barbeau, Crux
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"Readers of this absorbing book will gain significant pleasure as well as a broadened understanding of the nuances of mathematics, along with a wonderful picture of how analytics and simulations complement each other. Nahin is a master at this. I love this book!"--Joseph Mazur, author of What's Luck Got to Do with It?: The History, Mathematics, and Psychology of the Gambler's Illusion
"This book will be of interest to anyone who loves the challenge and surprise inherent in probability theory, and who likes to tinker with their computer as a simulator. Nahin's style is easy and informal."--Julian Havil, author of The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On
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Is there an online source for the MATLAB code presented in the text?
The title is rather misleading, referring to the only one of the 25 problems that uses real-world data (life tables). A reader wishing a gentle introduction to mathematical probability featuring real-world questions might prefer Haigh's Taking Chances: Winning with Probability which emphasizes real sports and games.
With a year of basic calculus under your belt, and the willingness to just have fun with math, this book will satisfy.
And Prof. Nahin, if you're reading this review, I just want to say a Thank You for all your books. From Oliver Heaviside to this one, they've given much pleasure. Many of your examples I've used in my mathematics classes. Now, please, get busy on that next one!
All twenty five problems are presented in a clear, and many times strikingly cute manner, as are the solutions. This is an exemplary text for those wanting to write good quantitative texts.