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Fifty Challenging Problems in Probability with Solutions (Dover Books on Mathematics)

Fifty Challenging Problems in Probability with Solutions (Dover Books on Mathematics) [Kindle Edition]

Frederick Mosteller
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Can you solve the problem of "The Unfair Subway"?
Marvin gets off work at random times between 3 and 5 p.m. His mother lives uptown, his girlfriend downtown. He takes the first subway that comes in either direction and eats dinner with the one he is delivered to. His mother complains that he never comes to see her, but he says she has a 50-50 chance. He has had dinner with her twice in the last 20 working days. Explain.
Marvin's adventures in probability are one of the fifty intriguing puzzles that illustrate both elementary ad advanced aspects of probability, each problem designed to challenge the mathematically inclined. From "The Flippant Juror" and "The Prisoner's Dilemma" to "The Cliffhanger" and "The Clumsy Chemist," they provide an ideal supplement for all who enjoy the stimulating fun of mathematics.
Professor Frederick Mosteller, who teaches statistics at Harvard University, has chosen the problems for originality, general interest, or because they demonstrate valuable techniques. In addition, the problems are graded as to difficulty and many have considerable stature. Indeed, one has "enlivened the research lives of many excellent mathematicians." Detailed solutions are included. There is every probability you'll need at least a few of them.

About the Author

Charles Frederick Mosteller ( 1916–2006) was one of the eminent statisticians of the 20th century. He was the founding chairman of Harvard's Statistics department. Dr. Mosteller wrote more than 50 books and more than 350 papers, with over 200 coauthors. Frederick Mosteller: Harvard Man Frederick Mosteller (1916–2006) founded Harvard University's Department of Statistics and served as its first chairman from 1957 until 1969 and again for several years in the 1970s. He was the author or co-author of more than 350 scholarly papers and more than 50 books, including one of the most popular books in his field, first published in 1965 and reprinted by Dover in 1987, Fifty Challenging Problems in Probability with Solutions. Mosteller's work was wide-ranging: He used statistical analysis of written works to prove that James Madison was the author of several of the Federalist papers whose authorship was in dispute. With then–Harvard professor and later Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, he studied what would be the most effective way of helping students from impoverished families do better in school — their answer: to improve income levels rather than to simply spend on schools. Later, his analysis of the importance to learning of smaller class sizes buttressed the Clinton Administration's initiative to hire 100,000 teachers. And, as far back as the 1940s, Mosteller composed an early statistical analysis of baseball: After his team, the Boston Red Sox, lost the 1946 World Series, he demonstrated that luck plays an enhanced role in a short series, even for a strong team. In the Author's Own Words: "Though we often hear that data can speak for themselves, their voices can be soft and sly." — Frederick Mosteller

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3389 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (29 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3M0VV8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is more 27 Jun 2011
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A book of small proportions that contains a wealth of knowledge.
Well worth buying for any a level student or ,indeed, for anyone who is interested in the world around them.
Most of the problems are old chestnuts but are dealt with in a way that is accessible to anyone with a modicum of mathematical grounding.Terrific value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable 30 Nov 2013
By GeoS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The content is good but in Kindle format many of the fractions are neither 'text' nor 'images'. They are very small and cannot be expanded. To give an indication of size, in the largest font a full stop or a dot on a letter i covers approximatley the same area as each pair of numbers in (37/38)36. The fraction is on two lines with horizontal line and 'to 36th power' 1/2 a line above. It would easily fit inside the zero of 0.383 which it equals (page 22). How did I read it?. With a 4x (2.5") magnifying glass.
This is a credit to the Kindle device in that it can resolve such small detail but if you wish to read the book without the use of a magnifying glass get the paperback.
This is not the only Kindle book with this problem.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 23 Nov 2011
By cv
It's what I was expecting, although I would like to find more surprises. The problems that are presented are the clclassic problems.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time, and is as advertised. 11 July 2014
By Tony
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Arrived on time, and is as advertised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good rendition of the usual probability problems 3 April 2014
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I did try the Kindle version. My advice, avoid. Buy the paperback book instead and save yourself a lot of head scratching.

This isn't a recent book, so that might put off a few. For the price it is worth a read and perhaps it will open a few minds into some of the basic probability problems that have been around for a very, very long time.
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