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? What are the chances it will snow on your birthday in any given year? How can researchers use coin flipping and the laws of probability to obtain honest answers to embarrassing survey questions? The solutions are presented here in detail, and many contain a profound element of surprise. And some puzzles are beautiful illustrations of basic mathematical concepts: "The Blind Spider and the Fly," for example, is a clever variation of a "random walk" problem, and "Duelling Idiots" and "The Underdog and the World Series" are straightforward introductions to binomial distributions.

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.

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Publisher

Princeton University Press

Published on

Jul 22, 2012

Pages

304

ISBN

9781400843046

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Best For

Language

English

Genres

Mathematics / Applied

Mathematics / Probability & Statistics / General

Mathematics / Recreations & Games

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