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Pleasures of Probability

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ISBN-10: 038794415X

ISBN-13: 9780387944159

Edition: 1995

Authors: Richard Isaac

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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.
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Book details

List price: $64.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 10/30/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 244
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Preface
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
Bibliography
Index