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Book :The Jungles of Randomness. A Mathematical Safari

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October 31, 2009
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Posted: February 13, 2010, 6:33 am - IP Logged

What a great book!

Has something in it on gambling, heck it’s a whole chapter! My favorite sentence in the preface is “The context determines how we interpret the data.” Page xi. Any coin flipper would enjoy this book and as one reviewer said “Every reader regardless of background, is bound to find something new and interesting in this book.” – Robert Osserman author of Poetry of the Universe

The Jungles of Randomness. A Mathematical Safari

By Ivars Peterson.

One other review:

“A top-notch survey…far from being old and musty, mathematics is alive, vital and vibrant, full of unanswered questions that Peterson makes accessible to non-experts.” – LA times.




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    Member #33372
    February 20, 2006
    1044 Posts
    Posted: February 14, 2010, 12:14 pm - IP Logged

    I bought this book a couple of years ago and have read it twice.  The book is good and is worth the read.

    Unfortunately, the author would agree with Triggs95 and others that there is no way to predict a random draw.  The author then goes on to describe prediciting the next draw as being impossible due to all the possibilities.  This is also true but we are not trying to predict the next draw.  All we want to do is predict enough draws to make playing the lotto profitable.  That is a whole different ballgame.