Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers has 40 ratings and 8 reviews. David said: This is a very good book about methods for computing probability. This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. Their solutions occupy 95 pages. Review of Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers, Paul J. Nahin: a very good read, a very useful book, very nice problems.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Argounova rated it really liked it Feb 11, Prbability Submit to Film Festivals. At least until you finish your elementary course in probability. This book is divided into three parts. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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This was a surprise: Not all of the problems are interesting, but most of them are more interesting than the usual problems you get in books masquerading as popular mathematics.

A curious feature of the book is the occasional reliance on brute force, even where a briefer and more attractive solution is not far to seek.

One principal difference from the general run of publications of this type lies in the emphasis on simulation and computation, as evidenced by the 42 MATLAB programs that appear at the end of the book.

Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Apart from that, you will find a better puzzle book almost anywhere you look. To read it you must be more than familiar with probability theory, and at ease with going through rather tedious calculations and using mathlab. This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. Most of the problems use discrete probability and are of a classical nature, with urns, dice, cards and Markov chains in the background.


The Story of “i” the square root of minus one The author explicitly intends this book to be a list of probability puzzles that are of higher calibre than the ones occasionally presented by Marilyn vos Savant in PARADE magazine the celebrity-gossip insert that comes in the weekend newspaper.

Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers

Set up a giveaway. If duelists place one bullet in one six-shooter and take turns firing at each other, what’s the chance that the guy with the first shot wins?

Paperbackpages. A minority of around half a dozen problems are essentially geometrical probability. See all Idiotd Reviews. Written in an informal way and containing a plethora of interesting historical material, Duelling Idiots is ideal for those who are fascinated by mathematics and the role it plays in everyday life and in our imaginations.

Those duelling idiots are fighting over a goldmine. If you fit the description above, please pick this book up and give it a whirl. The first part is a description of 21 puzzles.

The Solutions – Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers [Book]

Trivia About Duelling Idiots a In the second part, he provides complete solutions to the problems, both analytical and through computer simulation in most cases. One would think that that would be a pretty low bar for a high-quality math text, but on ppwhile warning against faulty reasoning by vos Savant and others including Laplacethe author pulls a fast one himself. In this collection of twenty-one puzzles, Paul Nahin challenges us to think creatively about the laws of probability as they apply in playful, sometimes deceptive, ways to a fascinating array of speculative situations.


Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. What are the chances it will snow on your birthday in any given year? If idiots A and B alternately take aim at each other with a six-shot revolver containing one bullet, what is the probability idiot A will win? Jan 20, David rated it really liked it Recommended to David by: Measurement Science and Technology.

Oct 23, Thom added it Shelves: Not Enabled Screen Reader: Usually these books containing programs written by non-programmers are just frustrating to read, but this was an exception; Nahin’s description of his programs is usually convincing enough, and though I didn’t read through all of the source code included in the appendix MATLAB isn’t a fun languagethe ones I did read were written almost exactly the way I would have written them myself except in MATLAB. This site uses cookies. Puzzlere more about Amazon Giveaway.

This is, as billed, a book of puzzlers and problems. Anthony rated it did not like it Dec 16,