Struck By Lightning

The Curious World of Probabilities

by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal

On Sale: 08/01/2010

Struck By Lightning

The Curious World of Probabilities

by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal

On Sale: 08/01/2010

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About the Book

From lotteries, opinion polls and insurance to worries about murder rates, natural disasters and terrorism, probability plays a major part in our everyday lives—a part that is frequently and needlessly misunderstood. Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, a math professor and improvisational comedian, comes to the rescue with this irreverent, bestselling exploration of the odds and oddities of randomness. Looking at such familiar topics as poker hands, e-mail spam, political elections and game shows, Struck by Lightning puts probability into perspective and has fun along the way.

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Critical Praise

“[Jeffrey Rosenthal is] your favorite professor, the one who made a difficult subject easy to understand by illustrating insights with practical examples from the world around us.” - Michael Adams, author of Fire and Ice

“Writing in funny, easily understandable language aimed at non-mathematicians, [Rosenthal] shows how understanding the odds can give us a better idea of how the world works, and help us make better decisions about our lives.” - The Globe and Mail

“The kind of entertaining romp, grounded in quotidian anecdotes, that makes you feel a little smarter than you really are.” - Maclean’s

“Rosenthal is a light-hearted and entertaining writer. He reveals quirky numerical facts that may surprise you.” - Toronto Star

“Easily the most fun you can have with a statistician in the room.” - National Post

“Like Freakonomics, Struck by Lightning attacks conventional wisdom. When applied to business, Rosenthal’s book provides an insight into careful decision-making that puts facts ahead of emotions. It’s often a smarter bet to invest in a book that gives you new knowledge over one filled with simple old rules.” - Ottawa Citizen

“Even for the math challenged among us, Rosenthal makes numbers understandable. Rosenthal’s style is highly readable . . . . Numbers and logic and probability are not topics you’d think could be made lively or entertaining. But the probability that it can be done well by Rosenthal is pretty high.” - Winnipeg Free Press

“Amaze your friends, confound your rivals. Buy Struck by Lightning and have some fun.” - Calgary Sun

“Rosenthal writes about his topic with such clarity and warmth that even the fiercest math-phobe will feel welcome.” - Calgary Herald

“Rosenthal succeeds in bringing mathematical theory to the masses, making it funny, non-apologetically geeky, and highly relevant.” - Quill & Quire

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443401678
  • ISBN 10: 1443401676
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 08/01/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price:11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : SCIENCE / General

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