Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities by Jeffrey RosenthalStruck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities by Jeffrey Rosenthal

Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities

byJeffrey Rosenthal

Hardcover | September 1, 2005

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Randomness, uncertainty and probability are everywhere, andwhile no one can predict uncertain events with certainty, we can at leastunderstand uncertainty itself. In this entertaining look at the world ofprobabilities, Jeffrey Rosenthal, an improbably talented math professor,musician and improvisational comedian, explains the mechanics of randomness andteaches us how to develop an informed perspective on probability.

From lotteries to casinos, insurance rates to crime rates, gameshows to airline crashes, cancer to SARS, Struck by Lightning deconstructsthe odds and oddities of chance in an understandable, relevant and irreverentexploration.

JEFFREY S. ROSENTHAL is a professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Toronto. At 24, he received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard. He has written two textbooks on probability theory and is also an amateur musician and computer-game programmer. He lives in Toronto. Visit him online at
Title:Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of ProbabilitiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.6 × 6.25 × 0.8 inPublished:September 1, 2005Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0002007916

ISBN - 13:9780002007917

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Struck By Lightning This book is a must read for all who deal with polls. If probabilities interest you at all, this is one of the better books.The book is well written and quite humorous. There is even a section for everyone in basic desision making based on the probability of events. You will have a hard time putting this book down.
Date published: 2005-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Practical Book on Probability I love books like this! I saw this one, browsed through it a bit and bought it right away because it looked very good – it was. I can confidently say that this is one of the best books of its type. The author explains, in very clear language, the nature of probability and its use in understanding some of the many areas in everyday life that could otherwise remain very obscure or misunderstood. The topics covered include gambling games and methods, the ways casinos operate (this may be very surprising to many), card games and strategies, pre-election polls, certain game shows, the war against spam, weather prediction, and many other areas where probability plays a key role. The author, an expert in the field, writes very well and in such an engaging and often humorous style that the book is almost impossible to put down. Those who read this book will understand a bit more about how the world that we live in actually works. I highly recommended this book to everyone!!
Date published: 2005-09-28