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# Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities

From terrorist attacks to big money jackpots, Struck by Lightning deconstructs the odds and oddities of chance, examining both the relevant and irreverent role of randomness in our everyday lives. Human beings have long been both fascinated and appalled by randomness. On the one hand, we love the thrill of a surprise party, the unpredictability of a budding romance, or the
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Paperback, 264 pages

Published
March 28th 2006
by Joseph Henry Press
(first published 2005)

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It's not terrible by any means, and there are certainly some helpful lessons for the mathematical layperson here. But rather than enlivening statistics it tends towards the repetitious, and the author's real-world examples and applications are either too cursory or lacking in drama to grab the imagination.

There are fa ...more

Había visto este libro hacía un tiempo, y por fin me he hecho con él. Este libro tiene de todo, estimados lectores. El autor le da un repaso a muchos, muchísimos aspectos de la teoría de probabilidades que están, de una u otra manera, relacionados con la vida cotidiana. En 264 cortas páginas hay un montonazo de información.

Comenzamos leyendo sobre la Ley de los grandes números, que nos dice que, a medida que vayamos haciendo “experimentos” (es decir, tirando un dado, jugando a la ruleta, lanzan

...moreIt was fabulous! I really can't stress enough what a master teacher he is. It makes one think about loving math.

The very core concept of the book is to empower the reader to question and interpret statistics that they are exposed to in daily life. Well written stories and anecdotes back up the famous phrase "lies, damned lies, and statistics".

By the end of the book you will have picked up a number of interesting facts to regurgitate ...more

He writes very well and simplifies a complicated subject. A very good lay-man's look into how probabilities affect yo ...more

Poisson clumping and the law of large average numbers were very interesting as were utility functions.

On the flip side, the author's political bias became a bit obvious a couple of times and a little more mathematical perspective about how to repeat the calculations done by the au ...more

No wild enthusiasm, but worth my while overall.

I couldn't make myself finish it.

May 14, 2008
Katie_marie
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3 of 5 stars
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science-medicine

props must be given to the author for such well explained statistics. however much of it is basic and the 'anecdotes' are mundane. this book is great for anyone who has had difficulty understanding concepts in statistics and probabilities because he explains it so simply and straightforwardly. But it is somewhat dry.

Oct 16, 2008
ConfectionQueen
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science-math

Very good read so far for those who are interested in statistics, chance and polling, and how they work.

Nov 04, 2009
Bookmason
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How unlikely it is I will win the lottery, die in a plane crash or be struck by lightning.

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