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The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day
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The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

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by David J. Hand
 

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In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand argues that extraordinarily rare events are anything but. In fact, they're commonplace. Not only that, we should all expect to experience a miracle roughly once every month.
But Hand is no believer in superstitions, prophecies, or the paranormal. His definition of "miracle" is

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The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ThatFryeGuy More than 1 year ago
Hand's analysis of the probability gap between the improbable and impossible is anything but dull.  In regards to finite math his work is interesting because of his fascination with naturally occurring improbabilities.  Although it would be a farce to call this work ground breaking, "The Improbability Principle" is at least a piece that is at the very least a simple book to tickle the intrigue of any mathematician. It's common sense to anyone who's taken basic finite mathematics that anything with a marginal chance of happening will eventually happen, albeit not so often; however the way that Hand introduces the principle of time allowing these "improbabilities" to occur, and that there is a natural order to their occurrences that drive them, that makes Hand's research impressively lucrative.  I'm compelled to give this book five stars because of how much of a nice read this is.  If I would score it less I would only bring it down to a fractional 4.5, possibly because of how Hand's writing just made me desire a little more mathematical analysis; but I understand that limiting the computation to favor composition is a greater business strategy.  Honestly the general masses would only want a book like that if it was their college textbook, but I digress.  Hand is a wonderful author, and a brilliant mathematician, and quite the scholar towards historical postulates.  I look forward to reading more of his work.