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E and the same person twice Along the way he teaches us how to use the Improbability Principle in our own lives including how to cash in at a casino and how to recognize when a medicine is truly effective     An irresistible adventure into the laws behind “chance” moments and a trusty guide for understanding the world and universe we live in The Improbability Principle will transform how you think about serendipity and luck whether it’s in the world of business and finance or you’re merely sitting in your backyard tossing a ball into the air and wondering where it will land How miracles rare events and coincidences happen? Moreover everyday? Begin this book by asking uestions and by the end you may 'probably' reach an answer It's not however an answer to what causes those rare events but how those events are not actually improbable It provides a new perspective and a different direction to look at things and their probabilities how statistics and numbers can alter situations and view points David Hand tries to explain Improbability through the various strands of his principle the law of inevitability law of selection law of truly large numbers etc He explains this through examples real life and fictional and gives the book a lively sense Hand also tries to put up humor to ease the way of the reader throughout the book Declining the prophecies or stereotypes or superpower God as the cause behind the extremely improbable event Hand tries to interpret them through the Improbability Principle Move to Appendices after reading Chapter 2 for better understanding Albeit the Improbability Principle is one of those books which leaves an impact on your mind and has the capacity to alter your perceptions the book often drifts away from its basic hypothesis Hand takes a long time to make his point The last chapter on the applications of the Improbability principle stands too dull compared to the other sections of the book Overall the book is very entertaining Cours d'escrime our Les Lames Sauvages own lives including how to cash in at a casino and how to recognize when a medicine is truly effective     An irresistible adventure into the laws behind “chance” moments and a trusty guide for understanding the world and universe we live in The Improbability Principle will transform how you think about serendipity and luck whether it’s in the world Escrime - fautes et sanctions ... 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In The Improbability Principle the renowned statistician David J Hand argues that extraordinarily rare events are anything but In fact they’re commonplace Not only that we should all expect to experience a miracle roughly once every month     But Hand is no believer in superstitions prophecies or the paranormal His definition of “miracle” is thoroughly rational No mystical or supernatural explanation is necessary to understand why someone is lucky enough to win the lottery twice or is destined to be hit by lightning three times and still survive All we need Hand argues is a f I am surprised this book has a fairly low rating I know that it is about statistics but there is not an euation to be found in the book and it is written in a fairly conversational and breezy style and has some interesting stuff on statistics I enjoyed reading it and it made me look at statistics in a slightly different way than I usually do I thought it covered a lot of statistical fallacies and mistakes fairly well I think a person coming away from this book will be a little better able to handle odds and statistics in real life situations I thought it was a fun little book Maybe not war and peace but a nice little book

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Irm grounding in a powerful set of laws the laws of inevitability of truly large numbers of selection of the probability lever and of near enough     Together these constitute Hand’s groundbreaking Improbability Principle And together they explain why we should not be so surprised to bump into a friend in a foreign country or to come across the same unfamiliar word four times in one day Hand wrestles with seemingly less explicable uestions as well what the Bible and Shakespeare have in common why financial crashes are par for the course and why lightning does strike the same plac “No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle unless the testimony be of such a kind that it's falsehood would be miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish” David HumeUnderstanding means removing obscurity obfuscation ambiguity and confusion” David HandThe Improbability Principle is the counter punch to Carl Jung’s “synchronicity” Jung the creator of “archetypes” used in psychotherapy practice sought to prove that unusual coincidences or synchronicity that he documented with his patients must be due to supernatural causes Unfortunately Jung was a psychoanalyst not a statistician David Hand on the other hand uses mathematics and statistics to demonstrate that “coincidences” need no extraordinary cause but are simply a clear effect of the law of very large numbersBefore jumping into the history of probability which is where this work shines Hand demonstrates that there is a wide range of beliefs that run the gauntlet from the not so dangerousmorphia resonance gods miracles paranormal to the potentially dangerous horoscopes In Donald Reagan’s book For the Record” he states that Ronald Reagan’s every major decision was cleared with a woman in San Francisco using horoscopes” Now its okay if you believe a horoscope which says you will have a wonderful day and meet someone very interesting BUT if you are moving armies around the world and launching missiles I would rather that you don’t use a horoscopeScience is always the most interesting when we can see how ideas develop over time “Improbability” starts with early randomizing devices like the astragalus and talus used in Egypt then moves on to early works on probability and chance by Huygens 1657 and Cardano 1563 before tackling the greats Fermat Pascal and BernoulliOnce the foundation is laid Hand’s chapter titles are the key to how this may play out without involving the supernaturalThe Law of Inevitability someone’s got to win the lotteryThe Law of Truly Large Numbers and the law of combinations the birthday problemThe Human Mind our minds are programmed to find patterns and given enough dataThe Law of Selection publication bias and the Law of Near EnoughI love the Law of Near Enough because I met my wife in Costa Rica in 1987 She lived in uebec and I lived in Seattle However we discovered that two years earlier I was in Cozumel for two weeks at the same time she was in Playa del Carmen only 47 km away The people I was diving with spent their second week in Playa while I elected to stay behind Hmmmm it’s Near Enough that I’ve thought of this many times over the past 25 years Of course it could have been 100km or offset by exactly one month or one year or have occurred simultaneously at a completely different placeWhen one looks backwards its easy to find a pattern Prediction of future events is another matter

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