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Popular Science | Chance - The Life of Games & the Game of Life


The Life of Games & the Game of Life

Marques de Sá, Joaquim P.

Original Portuguese edition published by Gravida, Lisboa, 2006

2008, XII, 224 p.

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  • A unique book on how probability affects our everyday lives
  • Includes many easy-to-follow mathematical examples
  • Reveals the likelihood of the unlikely!

With its many easy-to-follow mathematical examples, this book takes the reader on an almost chronological trip through the fascinating and amazing laws of chance, omnipresent in the natural world and in our daily lives. Along the route many fascinating topics are discussed, such as: challenging probability paradoxes; "paranormal" coincidences; game odds; causes and effects; interpretation of opinion polls; winning chances as a game proceeds; the nature of randomness; entropy and randomness; randomness in life; algorithmic complexity and the undecidability of randomness; possibilities and limitations of learning the laws of a Universe immersed in chance events. This charming book will inform and entertain the scientist and non-scientist alike.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Chance and Randomness - Chaos - Complexity theory - Entropy - Game theory - Natur - Probability and statistics - algorithms

Related subjects » Applications - Complexity - Popular Science - Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes

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