Chance

The Life of Games & the Game of Life

Authors: Marques de Sá, Joaquim P.

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

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.

About the authors

J.P. Marques de Sá is Full Professor at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Porto. He is chairman of the Signal Processing Group of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Porto. His research interests are in the areas of Physiological Signal Analysis, Pattern Recognition and Neural Networks. He is a reviewer for several scientific journals and chairman of the "Summer School on Neural Networks" annually held at Porto. He is author of six books, four in Portuguese and two in English.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This book gives a delightful overview of Probability, that is Chance, as a phenomenon in both games and life. … I found this book to be filled with example that I will use in class the next time I teach Probability. … The author keeps the mathematical prerequisites to a minimum, so that this book would be accessible to an undergraduate … . I would consider using it as a text for a student who wanted to do an independent study of probability theory." (Barbara E. Reynolds, MathDL, July, 2008)

"This book on chance is a translation of the 2006 Portuguese original. … it may be read by almost anybody who is interested in the subject of chance." (A. N. Philippou, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2009 a)


Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-540-74417-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-540-74416-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chance
Book Subtitle
The Life of Games & the Game of Life
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-74417-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-74417-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-74416-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 224
Additional Information
Original Portuguese edition published by Gravida, Lisboa, 2006
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