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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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? Clearly not for a general audience, but still quite a bit of fun. Yet all a sophisticated reader finds here is technical sloppiness and absence of fresh ideas.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.

The best puzzle books start with pzuzlers that are interesting and non trivial, and offer unexpected solutions.

I do not agree with others who way this is poorly written – there’s no narrative, but it’s a book of puzzles! A curious feature of the book is the occasional reliance on brute force, even where duekling briefer and more attractive solution is not far to seek.

If you know any programming language, the code is simple enough to understand.

## Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers by Paul J. J. Nahin

They appeal to a crowd with different levels of education and offer a new idea or two to all. July 22, Sold by: Let’s say you This is a recreational puzzle book for anyone who’s completed the freshmen calculus sequence and taken a first course in probability and knows how to program. I bought the book after reading the kindle sample.

Showing of 3 reviews. I find in the first section of the full version that this probabilitg might be useful “as a supplement as you take an elementary course in probability” English Choose a language for shopping.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Written in a time when “source code” was not easily duellinf, so it’s printed in several pages in the book instead. Written in an informal way and containing a plethora of interesting historical material, Othher Idiots is ideal for those who are fascinated by mathematics and the role it plays in everyday life and in our imaginations. The book is divided into three main parts.

Nahin comes across as unnecessarily condescending at times the book was written with his undergraduate students in mind, and tends duellkng forget there are other mathematics programs in the worldâ€”or pretends they’re pitiful garbageand his intuition for probability is sometimes surprisingly poor though that mostly only shows in the throw-away banter, not in the problems themselvesbut on the whole, this turned out to be a better little book than I was expecting.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The author explicitly intends this book to be a list puzzlerrs probability puzzles that are of higher calibre than puzzlees ones occasionally presented by Marilyn vos Savant in PARADE magazine the celebrity-gossip insert that comes in the weekend newspaper. A minority of around half a dozen problems are essentially geometrical probability. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Write a probaility review.

Paperbackpages. A sloppy, poorly written book. The book also includes a chapter on random number generation, a key element of Montecarlo simulation. 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? There was a problem filtering reviews right now. 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.

Edward rated it liked it Mar 20, We all encounter probability problems in our everyday lives. Overall, even experienced probabilists would need to be quite well read and with the memory of an elephant not to find something unfamiliar in this collection. Not Enabled Screen Reader: Possibly the author intended to minimize the technical expertise required of the reader, but plane polar coordinates will surely be accessible to anyone capable of following the given derivation.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Shabbir rated it did not like it Dec 21, To find out more, see our Privacy and Cookies policy. There are several examples, but one might single out the solution to problem 18, where three pages are spent hammering out a double integral; but it does in fact yield quickly and quietly to a simple standard polar transformation.

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?

Not all of the problems are interesting, but most of them are more interesting than the puzzlerss problems you get in books masquerading as popular mathematics. By continuing to use this site you agree to our use of cookies.