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The Resource The improbability principle : why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day, David J. Hand

The improbability principle : why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day, David J. Hand

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The improbability principle : why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day
Title
The improbability principle
Title remainder
why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day
Statement of responsibility
David J. Hand
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "An eye-opening and engrossing look at rare moments, why they occur, and how they shape our world In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand unveils his groundbreaking argument that extraordinarily rare events are in fact commonplace. Weaving together fascinating new ways to think about chance, Hand highlights his "law of near enough," the "look elsewhere effect," and more, doing for probability what Newton's laws of motion did for mechanics. Through humorous and engaging tales of two-time lottery winners, gambling gone wrong, and bizarre coincidences that we can't quite fathom, Hand argues that extremely unlikely events must happen, and no mystical or supernatural explanation is necessary to understand why. Hand's investigation, grounded in statistics and brought to life with fascinating anecdotes, finally explains "unexplainable" events such as unexpectedly bumping into a friend in a foreign country and coming across an unfamiliar word twice in one day. Along the way, we learn what the Bible and Shakespeare have in common, just how to win the lottery, why financial crashes are par for the course, and why lightning does strike the same place (and the same person) more than once. As Hand makes clear, we can rest assured that we'll experience a "miracle" roughly once per month. An irresistible adventure into the laws behind chance moments, The Improbability Principle transforms how we think about business decisions, everyday encounters, serendipity, and luck"--
  • "An eye-opening and engrossing look at rare moments, why they occur, and how they shape our world"--
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DLC
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1950-
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Hand, D. J.
Dewey number
519.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA273
LC item number
.H3545 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Probabilities
  • MATHEMATICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • Probabilities
  • Wahrscheinlichkeit
  • Zufall
  • Probabilidades
Label
The improbability principle : why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day, David J. Hand
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The human mind
  • Life, the universe, and everything
  • How to use the improbability principle
  • Appendix A.
  • Mind-numbingly large and mind-bogglingly small
  • Appendix B.
  • Rules of chance
  • The mystery
  • A capricious universe
  • What is chance?
  • The law of inevitability
  • The law of truly large numbers
  • The law of selection
  • The law of the probability lever
  • The law of near enough
Control code
ocn846545827
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 269 pages
Isbn
9780593072813
Lccn
2013034007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374175344
  • (OCoLC)846545827
Label
The improbability principle : why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day, David J. Hand
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The human mind
  • Life, the universe, and everything
  • How to use the improbability principle
  • Appendix A.
  • Mind-numbingly large and mind-bogglingly small
  • Appendix B.
  • Rules of chance
  • The mystery
  • A capricious universe
  • What is chance?
  • The law of inevitability
  • The law of truly large numbers
  • The law of selection
  • The law of the probability lever
  • The law of near enough
Control code
ocn846545827
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 269 pages
Isbn
9780593072813
Lccn
2013034007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374175344
  • (OCoLC)846545827

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