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ISBN: 9780691138909
Per Boek Wijzer Taal: engels

Auteur: Joseph Mazur

Why do so many gamblers risk it all when they know the odds of winning are against them? Why do they believe dice are ''hot'' in a winning streak? Why do we expect heads on a coin toss after several flips have turned up tails? What's Luck Got to Do with It? takes a lively and eye-opening look at the mathematics, history, and psychology of gambling to reveal the most widely held misconceptions about luck. It exposes the hazards of feeling lucky, and uses the mathematics of predictable outcomes to show when our chances of winning are actually good.


Mathematician Joseph Mazur traces the history of gambling from the earliest known archaeological evidence of dice playing among Neolithic peoples to the first systematic mathematical studies of games of chance during the Renaissance, from government-administered lotteries to the glittering seductions of grand casinos, and on to the global economic crisis brought on by financiers' trillion-dollar bets. Using plenty of engaging anecdotes, Mazur explains the mathematics behind gambling--including the laws of probability, statistics, betting against expectations, and the law of large numbers--and describes the psychological and emotional factors that entice people to put their faith in winning that ever-elusive jackpot despite its mathematical improbability.


As entertaining as it is informative, What's Luck Got to Do with It? demonstrates the pervasive nature of our belief in luck and the deceptive psychology of winning and losing.
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    Taal Engels
    Uitgever Princeton University Press
    Verschijningsdatum juni 2010
    ISBN13 9780691138909
    Illustraties Met illustraties
    Rubriekspad <Boeken><Wetenschap & Natuur><Onderzoek & Statistiek>
    Rubriekspad <Boeken><Wetenschap & Natuur><Wiskunde>
    Rubriekspad <Boeken><Hobby, Huis & Tuin><Spellen, Computers & Games>
    Rubriekspad <Boeken><Wetenschap & Natuur>
    Rubriekspad <Boeken><Gezondheid & Psychologie><Psychologie>
    Rubriekspad <Boeken><Sport & Outdoor>
    Extra groot lettertype Nee
    Druk 1e druk
    Category Onderzoek & Statistiek
    Category Hobby, Huis & Tuin
    Category Wetenschap & Natuur
    Category Spellen, Computers & Games
    Category Sport & Outdoor
    Category Wiskunde
    Category Psychologie
    Category Gezondheid & Psychologie
    Category Boeken
    Bindwijze Hardcover
    Auteur Joseph Mazur
    Afmetingen 23,5 x 15,9 x 3,2 cm
    Aantal pagina's 296 pagina's
    NUR 770
  • label Onderwerpen