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What Are the Odds?: The Chances of Extraordinary Events in Everyday Lifeby Jefferson Hane Weaver
Synopses & Reviews
How often have you wondered about the probability of winning the lottery? We're barraged with statistics every day about health risks, life expectancy, and the chances of success, but to most of us all these numbers and percentages mean very little. If you're curious about how statistics can significantly impact your life, this lighthearted whirlwind tour of entertaining statistics has everything you need.<P>Not only will you be amused by J. H. Weaver's many entertaining examples, but you'll actually learn how statistics work. Even the most math-phobic individual won't be able to resist delving into the many provocative topics covered.
Book News Annotation:
This book was "motivated by the desire to provide a lighthearted treatment of the subject matter [of statistics and probability theory] because mathematics in general and statistics in particular have very poor public images even though these fields are absolutely crucial to the continued functioning of our modern technological society." Areas explored include romance, sex, death, disaster, going to war, striking it rich, encountering danger in the workplace, employment and unemployment, becoming a doctor or lawyer, being audited, crime and punishment, medical procedures and illnesses, getting into an Ivy League school, and becoming a film start, rock star or best-selling author. This conversational style of this text makes a traditionally- academic subject accessible to the general reader. Weaver is an attorney, and the author of several popular science books.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jefferson Hane Weaver (Fort Lauderdale, FL) is the highly acclaimed author of many popular science books, including Conquering Statistics, The Story of Physics, and The Story of Mathematics.
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