## Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now? |

What are the chances of a game-show contestant finding a chicken in a box? Is the Hanukkah dreidel a fair game? Will you be alive ten years from now? These are just some of the one-of-a-kind probability puzzles that acclaimed popular math writer Paul Nahin offers in this lively and informative book. Nahin brings probability to life with colorful and amusing historical anecdotes as well as an electrifying approach to solving puzzles that illustrates many of the techniques that mathematicians and scientists use to grapple with probability. He looks at classic puzzles from the past--from Galileo's dice-tossing problem to a disarming dice puzzle that would have astonished even Newton--and also includes a dozen challenge problems for you to tackle yourself, with complete solutions provided in the back of the book. Nahin then presents twenty-five unusual probability puzzlers that you aren't likely to find anywhere else, and which range in difficulty from ones that are easy but clever to others that are technically intricate. Each problem is accompanied by an entertaining discussion of its background and solution, and is backed up by theory and computer simulations whenever possible in order to show how theory and computer experimentation can often work together on probability questions. All the MATLAB® Monte Carlo simulation codes needed to solve the problems computationally are included in the book.With his characteristic wit, audacity, and insight, Nahin demonstrates why seemingly simple probability problems can stump even the experts.
"A wonderful book for trained math lovers who enjoy the mental stimulation provided by a good mathematics puzzle." "Prolific mathematics author Nahin presents a series of thought-provoking probability questions designed to intrigue the reader. . . . In general, the solutions rely only on basic rules of probability and algebraic manipulation, while ranging in difficulty from the very straightforward to the highly challenging." "The author's infectious enthusiasm is evident here as in his earlier books. Students at various levels and other fans of mathematics will find much to engage their interest and challenge their minds." "[T]he book provides useful problems for an instructor wishing to improve their student's ability at combinatorics, statistical distribution theory and calculus (specifically integration). . . . [T]he book also provides motivation for an interested student or reader to pursue the study of probability and statistics to a deeper level." "For mathematicians with an interest in probability theory, this is a fun holiday book." "I found it both enjoyable and enlightening. I am happy to recommend it."
"Readers of this absorbing book will gain significant pleasure as well as a broadened understanding of the nuances of mathematics, along with a wonderful picture of how analytics and simulations complement each other. Nahin is a master at this. I love this book!"
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- Digital Dice: Computational Solutions to Practical Probability Problems. [Paperback]
- Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills. [Paperback]
- Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers. [Paperback]
- An Imaginary Tale: The Story of √-1. [Hardcover and Paperback]
- In Praise of Simple Physics: The Science and Mathematics behind Everyday Questions. [Hardcover]
- The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age. [Hardcover]
- Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt: And Other Intriguing Stories of Mathematical Physics. [Hardcover]
- Number-Crunching: Taming Unruly Computational Problems from Mathematical Physics to Science Fiction. [Hardcover]
- When Least Is Best: How Mathematicians Discovered Many Clever Ways to Make Things as Small (or as Large) as Possible. [Paperback]
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