In Chance, celebrated mathematician Amir D. Aczel turns his sights on probability theory—the branch of mathematics that measures the likelihood of a. Elissa Schappell reviews book Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market and Just About Everything Else by Amir D Aczel; drawing. Are you a betting person? Here’s how to calculate the odds.

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Aczel’s father was the captain of a passenger ship that sailed primarily in the Mediterranean Sea. While its title may be a bit misleading in that the vast majority of the book is not about proving the existence of ETIs, but of describing some very interesting nuggets of cosmological science. He married his wife Debra in and has one daughter, Miriam, and one stepdaughter. We know very roughly the number N of stars in the universe. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. A top science author e.

Amir Aczel – Wikipedia

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Aczel was born in Haifa, Israel.

There are a few jumps to conclusions, particularly in the calculation of the final probability where I would have like to see more explanation, but in general, it is well done and a fun read.


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Not Enabled Screen Reader: Not Enabled Word Wise: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Blandly asserting “this happened, so it must have been inevitable” is not any sort of rational argument.

In summary, I recommend this book if you’re looking for a a quick read that will make you think, but if you’re looking for depth and accuracy, look elsewhere. Several years later Aczel earned a Ph.

Although, in his calculation of the probability of life in the universe would not be affected greatly even by a significant change in this number, I’m wondering how a statistician can use a probability based on a sample size of 9. In one long trial of coin flips, the number of heads stayed above the number of tails for nearly aczrl thousand turns; in the very long run, it did even out, but gamblers relying on a split would have been bankrupted cyance before the law of averages came to their rescue.

He graduated with a BA cuance mathematics inand received a Master of Science in English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


Sounds like a trick question, but for anyone versed in cosmology and statistics, the answer is 1; that is, there must be life on at least one other planet in the universe. But we have no idea what p actually is.

Are you a betting person? Acxel life was spread through the universe by chunks of debris like ALHthe enigmatic meteorite from Mars that contained tantalizing hints of the possibility of life–or arose independently, Aczel is sure it is out there. Product details File Size: With the clarity of the statistician he once was, Aczel analyzes what is commonly known as luck.

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