Pleasures of Probability
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The purpose of "The Pleasures of Probability" is to introduce some of the most fundamental ideas in classical probability to a fairly general audience - reaching from mathematical amateurs to scientists, from students to professional mathematicians. The only prerequisites required are a decent background in elementary algebra and an interest in discussions of a variety of problems and applications in probability. The style is informal, and the chapters are more like essays on a particular topic than textbook treatments. Even well-known problems are often covered in more depth than usual in order to illustrate underlying ideas. The book can be used as a text for a first course in probability or as a companion to a text. Each chapter ends with a few problems, the answers to which are given at the end of the book.
List price: $64.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publication date: 10/30/1996
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
|Cars, Goats, and Sample Spaces|
|How to Count: Birthdays and Lotteries|
|Conditional Probability: From Kings to Prisoners|
|The Formula of Thomas Bayes and Other Matters|
|The Idea of Independence, with Applications|
|A Little Bit About Games|
|Random Variables, Expectations, and More About Games|
|Baseball Cards, The Law of Large Numbers, and Bad News for Gamblers|
|From Traffic to Chocolate Chip Cookies with the Poisson Distribution|
|The Desperate Case of the Gambler's Ruin|
|Breaking Sticks, Tossing Needles, and More: Probability on Continuous Sample Spaces|
|Normal Distributions, and Order from Diversity via the Central Limit Theorem|
|Random Numbers: What They Are and How to Use Them|
|Computers and Probability|
|Statistics: Applying Probability to Make Decisions|
|Roaming the Number Line with a Markov Chain: Dependence|
|The Brownian Motion, and Other Processes in Continuous Time|
|Answers to Exercises|