Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers has 40 ratings and 8 reviews. David said: This is a very good book about methods for computing probability. This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. Their solutions occupy 95 pages. Review of Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers, Paul J. Nahin: a very good read, a very useful book, very nice problems.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Games of Russian roulette, problems involving the accumulation of insects on flypaper, and strategies for determining the odds of the underdog winning the World Series all reveal intriguing dimensions to the workings of probability.

The third part contains computer programs for simulating the solutions; the programs are written in Matlab, which for me is just perfect. To read it you must be more than familiar with probability theory, and at ease with going through rather tedious calculations and using mathlab.

Most of the problems use discrete probability and are of a classical nature, with urns, dice, cards and Markov chains in the background. Write a customer review.

Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers

This is a very good book idiits methods for computing probability puzzles. The volume thus has three parts of roughly equal length, all packed with graphs and equations. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. How can researchers use coin flipping and the laws of probability to obtain honest answers to embarrassing survey questions?

Nahin is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire and the author of many best-selling popular math books, including The Logician and the Engineer and Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now? They also offer probabolity wealth of topics for undergraduate projects.


Anthony rated it did not like it Dec 16, How can researchers use coin flipping and the laws of probability to obtain honest answers to embarrassing survey questions? This is a well thought-out book, highly recommended for anybody with a need to try challenging puzzles that require some thought and mathematical skills. Not Enabled Screen Reader: The solutions are presented here in detail, and many contain a profound element of surprise.

Not Enabled Word Wise: Apart from that, you will find a better puzzle book almost anywhere you look. Clearly not for a general audience, but still quite a bit of fun. A curious feature of the book duelping the occasional reliance on brute force, even where a briefer and more attractive solution is not far to seek.

Their solutions occupy 95 pages, and there are a further 90 pages including many MATLAB programs and an essay on random number generation.

This is yet another excellent contribution by professor Paul Nahin. They will lead an unsuspecting layman to a new beautiful mathematical subject, and treat a pro with puzzles lighthearted yet technically sound look at the concepts he is already familiar with.

The book also includes a chapter on puzzleds number generation, a key element of Montecarlo simulation. Showing of 3 reviews. If duelists place one bullet in one six-shooter and take turns firing at each other, what’s the chance that the guy with the first shot wins? Written in a time when “source code” was not easily available, so it’s printed in several pages in the book instead.

In the first part he presents the problems and elaborates on their history, if any, and provides hints or solves a related problem. Once again these are classical examples, but not the ones most commonly seen in textbooks. The scenario concerns a markswoman who picks one of two rifles, each equally likely. Return to Book Page.


The problem is to find out the probability that she picked rifle 1 and the probability that she picked rifle 2.

Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers by Paul J. Nahin

At the design level, it is very irritating that the running heads are in fact running feet, and that they do not include the name or number of the problem or solution in progress on the page. This may be due to the author’s background in electrical engineering, and I would guess is likely to increase its appeal in these quarters. We all encounter probability problems in our everyday lives.

Anthony DeRobertis rated it it was ok Jul 06, The Story of “i” the square root of minus one In Praise of Simple Physics: Ryan rated it liked it Aug 14, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Each rifle has a probability p of finding its mark. One principal difference from the general run of publications of this type lies in the emphasis on simulation and computation, as evidenced by the 42 MATLAB programs that appear at the end of the book. Oct 23, Thom added it Shelves: Want to Read saving….