Fat Chance

Probability from 0 to 1

by Benedict Gross, Joe Harris, Emily Riehl

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  • 9781108482967
  • 9781108598705
  • 9781108641821
In a world where we are constantly being asked to make decisions based on incomplete information, facility with basic probability is an essential skill. This book provides a solid foundation in basic probability theory designed for intellectually curious readers and those new to the subject. Through its conversational tone and careful pacing of mathematical development, the book balances a charming style with informative discussion. This text will immerse the reader in a mathematical view of the world, giving them a glimpse into what attracts mathematicians to the subject in the first place. Rather than simply writing out and memorizing formulas, the reader will come out with an understanding of what those formulas mean, and how and when to use them. Readers will also encounter settings where probabilistic reasoning does not apply or where intuition can be misleading. This book establishes simple principles of counting collections and sequences of alternatives, and elaborates on these techniques to solve real world problems both inside and outside the casino. Pair this book with the HarvardX online course for great videos and interactive learning: https://harvardx.link/fat-chance.

  • Cambridge University Press; June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781108598705
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Fat Chance
  • Author: Benedict Gross; Joe Harris; Emily Riehl
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781108482967
  • 9781108598705
  • 9781108641821

In The Press

'Probability is a subject of fundamental importance that's often taught as a dry slog through ball-filled urns. Fat Chance, a snappy and example-rich text, is the perfect antidote and a great choice for a general-audience math course.' Jordan Ellenberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781108482967
  • 9781108598705
  • 9781108641821