What are the chances of a gameshow contestant finding a chicken in a box? Is the Hanukkah dreidel a fair game? Will you be alive ten years from now? These are just some of the oneofakind probability puzzles that acclaimed popular math writer Paul Nahin offers in this lively and informative book. Nahin brings probability to life with colorful and amusing historical anecdotes as well as an electrifying approach to solving puzzles that illustrates many of the techniques that mathematicians and scientists use to grapple with probability. He looks at classic puzzles from the past  from Galileo's dicetossing problem to a disarming dice puzzle that would have astonished even Newton  and also includes a dozen challenge problems for you to tackle yourself, with complete solutions provided in the back of the book. Nahin then presents twentyfive unusual probability puzzlers that you aren't likely to find anywhere else, and which range in difficulty from ones that are easy but clever to others that are technically intricate. Each problem is accompanied by an entertaining discussion of its background and solution, and is backed up by theory and computer simulations whenever possible in order to show how theory and computer experimentation can often work together on probability questions. All the MATLAB Monte Carlo simulation codes needed to solve the problems computationally are included in the book. With his characteristic wit, audacity, and insight, Nahin demonstrates why seemingly simple probability problems can stump even the experts.
About Paul J. Nahin
Paul J. Nahin is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. He is the bestselling author of many popularmath books, including "Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers", "The Logician and the Engineer", "NumberCrunching", "Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt", and "An Imaginary Tale" (all Princeton).Details Book
Author  :  Paul J. Nahin 
Publisher  :  Princeton University Press 
Data Published  :  19 November 2013 
ISBN  :  0691156808 
EAN  :  9780691156804 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  256 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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