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Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock…

Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market, and Just About… (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Amir D. Aczel

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Title:Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market, and Just About Everything Else
Authors:Amir D. Aczel
Info:Thunder's Mouth Press (2005), Paperback, 176 pages
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Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market, and Just About Everything Else by Amir D. Aczel (2004)



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Slender volume, good in parts, but patchy and not very well edited. The substitution of "match" for "natch" (short for naturally) really jumps out at the reader.

The nineteen chapters are quite short. I'ld say that the chapter 1 through 11 are all quite good. The remaining chapters are inferior for several reasons. The formulas are exceedingly poorly typeset, so as to be nearly incomprehensible. Sometimes, several reductions are required to arrive at a simplified or numeric solution; these reductions are even less readable than the individual formulas. Some of the applications of probability are unconvincing or stupid. As the claims get larger the amount of supporting mathematics presented is simply not enough to back them up, so they seem vacuous. The problems are fun, and the von Neumann device introduced in one problem is clever and pleasing.

The frequent mention of Persi Diaconis reminds me of the one time when he was a guest lecturer at the UW-Madison when I was a graduate student. As math lectures go his was memorable. ( )
  themulhern | Dec 24, 2014 |
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