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 ixiots with a six-shot revolver containing one bullet, what is the probability idiot A will win? See all 3 reviews. I do not agree with others who way this is poorly written – there’s no narrative, but it’s a book of puzzles!

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This circuit must be truly reliable, so you grab 3 and make it a triply redundant circuit. We all encounter probability problems in our everyday lives. This is a well thought-out book, highly recommended for anybody with a need to try challenging puzzles that require some thought and mathematical skills. This may be due to the author’s background in electrical engineering, and I would guess is likely to increase its appeal in these quarters.


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. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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? Ryan rated it liked it Aug 14, Trivia About Duelling Idiots a Then, the 67 or so pages dedicated to these programs, could have been used to provide additional problems! Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

A minority of around half a dozen problems are essentially geometrical probability. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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

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 pgobability in everyday life and in our imaginations.

Clearly not for a general audience, but still quite a bit of fun.

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A sloppy, poorly written book. This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. At least until you finish your elementary course in probability.


By continuing to use this site you agree to our use of cookies. Bereolos rated it really liked it Jun 26, The volume thus has three parts of roughly equal length, all packed with graphs and equations.

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Those solutions, in turn, lead readers into neat concepts from higher mathematicsDthe Markov chain that involves matrices and the field called geometric probability. They appeal to a crowd with different levels of education and offer a new idea or two to all.

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