Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities
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...more
It 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.