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Knock on Wood: Luck, Chance, and the Meaning of Everything

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Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, author of the bestseller Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities, was born on Friday the thirteenth, a fact that he discovered long after he had become one of the world’s pre-eminent statisticians. Had he been living ignorantly and innocently under an unlucky cloud for all those years? Or is thirteen just another number? As a scientist ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Warren Mcpherson
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Exploration of luck and many of the ways our perceptions reflect the role of chance.
The theme holds the book together loosely as the book drifts from individual stories to sports and lotteries. It is nice to see some common situations reviewed with clear statistical analysis. Chapters on astrology and religion feel purposeful.
The book is quick and interesting.
Bill Murphy
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Did fate lead me to this book? According to the book luck did. Book is a light read and while it can belabour points at times it moves quickly among various “lucky” scenarios and exposes luck traps in a straightforward and understandable way. Overall a good randomness book.
Megan Beise
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another book that changes the way I think. The balance between my gut thinking and my rational thinking has changed.
STEPHEN PLETKO
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“In the pages that follow, I will discuss various examples of luck at work and try to sort out luck’s meaning—or lack thereof…

If we can figure out which lucky events are just random, dumb luck and which are caused by actual…influences…then we can make better decisions, take more reasonable actions, and better understand the world around us.

I hope that, by the time you finish reading this book, you will have that luck serenity [and] that luck knowledge [as
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