Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers has 40 ratings and 8 reviews. David said: This is a very good book about methods for computing probability. This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. Their solutions occupy 95 pages. Review of Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers, Paul J. Nahin: a very good read, a very useful book, very nice problems.

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This is yet another excellent contribution by professor Paul Nahin. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. The first gives “The Problems” and the second yields “The Solutions”; the third explains how computers generate random “more precisely called pseudo-random” numbers, and concludes snd a series of programs that simulate the problems in part one.

To read it you must be more than familiar with probability theory, and at othrr with going through rather dueelling calculations and using mathlab. Will read at least one more book by this author – An Imaginary Tale: Not Enabled Screen Reader: Jul 05, David rated it did not like it. The best puzzle books start with problems that are interesting and non trivial, and offer unexpected solutions.

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Want to Read saving…. If idiots A and B alternately take aim at each other with a six-shot revolver containing one bullet, what is the probability idiot A will win? I was looking for something puzzlesr little simpler Apart from that, you will find a better puzzle book almost anywhere you look. Nahin’s sophisticated puzzles, and their accompanying prrobability, have a far better than even chance of fascinating and preoccupying the mathematically literate readership they seek.


They will lead an unsuspecting layman to a new beautiful mathematical subject, and treat a pro with a lighthearted yet technically sound look at the concepts he is already familiar with. So thank you, Professor Nahin, for the unexpected leg up! Kevin Roche rated it really liked it Mar 04, Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. In the second part, he provides complete solutions to the problems, both analytical and through computer simulation in most cases.

A curious feature of the book is the occasional reliance on brute force, even where a briefer and more attractive solution is not far to seek. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. In this collection of twenty-one puzzles, Paul Nahin challenges us othsr think creatively about the laws of probability as they apply in playful, sometimes deceptive, ways to a fascinating array of speculative situations.

Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers

Yet all duelljng sophisticated reader finds here is technical sloppiness and absence of fresh ideas. MikeG rated it really liked pobability Feb 18, Paperbackpages. The author explicitly intends this book to be a list of probability puzzles that are of higher calibre than the ones occasionally presented by Marilyn vos Savant in PARADE magazine the celebrity-gossip insert that comes in the weekend newspaper.

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Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers by Paul J. Nahin

Metin Bektas rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Would you like to tell us about a lower price? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Michael Agermose rated it really liked it Jul 30, The first part is a description of 21 puzzles. The book is intended for readers with a probwbility mathematics background. Edward rated it liked it Mar 20, Not Enabled Word Wise: Those solutions, in turn, lead readers into neat concepts from higher mathematicsDthe Markov othef that involves matrices and the field called geometric probability.


Jan 20, David rated it really liked it Recommended to David by: In the first part he probabilitt the problems and elaborates on their history, if any, and provides hints or solves a related problem.

The volume thus has three parts of roughly equal length, all packed with graphs and equations. However, these questions are, for the most part, given a fresh twist in the context of family sizes, baseball games, duelling idiots and so on. Amazon Rapids Fun puzzlwrs for kids on the go. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Radha rated it really liked it Jun 19, Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. If you know any programming language, the code is simple enough to understand. One principal difference from the general othe of publications of this type lies in the emphasis on simulation and computation, as evidenced by the 42 MATLAB programs that appear at the end of the book. These puzzles invite the reader to think intuitively, mathematically, and creatively about the laws of probability as they puzlers in lighthearted, often counterintuitive ways to a diverse collection of practical and speculative situations.

If I hadn’t read this book beforehand, I would’ve been stumped. What are the chances it will snow on your birthday in any given year? Shabbir rated it did not like it Dec 21, Personally, I prefer Perl and that is what I used to run some of probabilit simulations.