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- DescriptionWhat are the odds against winning the Lottery, making money in a casi, or backing the right horse? Every day, people make judgements on these matters and face other decisions that rest on their understanding of probability: buying insurance, following medical advice, carrying an umbrella. Yet many of us have a frightening igrance of how probability works. Taking Chances presents an entertaining and fascinating exploration of probability, revealing traps and fallacies in the field. It describes and analyses a remarkable variety of situations where chance plays a role, including football pools, the Lottery, TV games, sport, cards, roulette, coins, and dice. The book guides the reader round common pitfalls, demonstrates how to make better informed decisions, and shows where the odds can be unexpectedly in your favour. This new edition has been fully updated, and includes information on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and The Weakest Link , plus a new chapter on Probability for Lawyers.
- Author BiographyJohn Haigh is Reader in Statistics at the University of Sussex. His interest in probability was awakened by various card games, and he has made a particular study of lotteries, cards, and dice.
- Author(s)John Haigh
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication08/05/2003
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content NoteNumerous figures and tables
- Weight415 g
- Width129 mm
- Height196 mm
- Spine22 mm
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