In Chance, celebrated mathematician Amir D. Aczel turns his sights on probability theory—the branch of mathematics that measures the likelihood of a. Elissa Schappell reviews book Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market and Just About Everything Else by Amir D Aczel; drawing. Are you a betting person? Here’s how to calculate the odds.

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Chance defines our life. No eBook available Amazon. Suppose there is some probability p that life evolves around a given star. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The substitution of “match” for “natch” short for naturally really jumps out at the reader.

He graduated with a BA in mathematics inand received axzel Master of Science in If it weren’t for the fact that this sczel made me actually think, it would merit a much lower rating.

He defines probability, then devotes each short chapter to explaining how it works in some concrete instance, such as the odds of drawing a spade from a deck of cards. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on chancee go. A top science author e. This inspired Aczel’s book The Riddle of the Compass.

While teaching at Bentley, Aczel wrote several non-technical books on mathematics and science, as well as two textbooks. Whether his final argument is plausible or not, I cannot judge. Retrieved from ” https: Be the first to discover new talent!


Amir Aczel takes the reader through a combination of Math, Biology, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry and History to “prove” mathematically that there must be life beyond Earth. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

After teasing readers with scientific history, Probability 1 delivers on its promise to prove Aczel’s conjecture through a clearly explained application of known statistical theory to the chaos of the universe. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. He accepted a professorship at Bentley College in Massachusettswhere he taught classes on the history amirr science and the history of mathematics.

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Not Enabled Word Wise: Here, Aczel explores probability theory and its daily, practical applications, while along the way relating stories of inveterate gamblers who also happen to be mathematical geniuses. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Learn more about Amazon Prime. For thousands of years, it was the visionaries and writers who argued that we cannot be alone-that there is intellegent life in the universe.

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But, as physicist Enrico Fermi once asked, if that’s true, where is everyone? What is the probability of intelligent life in the universe?

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Mariner Books June 24, Publication Date: For instance he notes that mammals and birds evolving over the last 70 million or so cnance are likely more intelligent that earlier creatures, and that humans are even more intelligent, and concludes “given enough millions of years from the time the DNA molecule arrives or evolves on a planet, intelligence will inevitably be the ultimate outcome”.

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In summary, I recommend this book if you’re looking for a a quick read that will make you think, but if you’re looking for depth and accuracy, look elsewhere. Aczel also provides an overview of the relevant developments in astronomy and biology–laying the groundwork to show that the universe’s chemistry must add up to life. Showing of 27 reviews. Then there is a logical dichotomy: Sounds like a trick question, but for anyone versed in cosmology and statistics, the answer is 1; that is, there must be life on at least one other planet in the universe.

An entertaining introduction to one of the most universally relevant and most widely misunderstood branches of mathematics.