Preview — Chance by Michael Brooks. In Chance, a not entirely random selection of the New For you to be here today reading this requires a mind-boggling series of lucky breaks, starting with the Big Bang and ending in your own conception. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Chance , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order.
Nov 11, Sara rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , medical , dnf. I found this incredibly dull unfortunately. It was rather heavy on the physics and mathematics in some places. Nov 05, Brian Clegg rated it really liked it.
Tobit ; Sirach ; Matthew You might be sur Straight from kick off Barrs Court were desperate to win the match after two previous defeats. The use and misuse of s Recently I bought a pile of timber for various home projects. This book is so great. With about a minute to go Jack did a quick cross into Jamie who finished the game off with a stunning diving glancing header into the corner of the goal. His co-authors who I imagine do most of the writing are less consistent and sometimes downright poor as in this case.
New Scientist has had a great success with its books filled with extracts from the 'Last Word' column where readers pose and answer questions. We've already seen this with Nothing - n New Scientist has had a great success with its books filled with extracts from the 'Last Word' column where readers pose and answer questions. We've already seen this with Nothing - now there's a second outing with Chance. Generally speaking, I am not a huge fan of books made up of a smorgasbord of articles by different authors. The outcome is often bitty and lacks any narrative flow - it just doesn't read well as a whole.
The New Scientist books suffer a little for this problem, but the good news is that the vast majority of the articles in Chance on randomness, probability and the like are very readable in their own right, and there isn't too much overlap between them. Where the book really shines is when dealing with the way that randomness and probability influence our everyday lives, from legal miscarriages, where probability has been misused to falsely convict, to the good old classic applications of probability like the lottery it's a shame the number of balls has changed since the book was written and the different games in a casino.
I'm also always genuinely happy when there's a discussion of Bayes' theorem, which comes up a number of times. There are also some tantalising mentions of the kind of unlikely coincidences we've all encountered, like meeting a colleague in a strange location, though I would have liked a specific article giving these kind of events more of a heavy duty going over. Less successful, for me, were what felt more like padding articles, brought in because there weren't quite enough topics to cover on pure probability, so the authors had to resort to rather tenuous connections of probability with biology and the statistical chances of life existing.
I know some people love this kind of thing, so I understand why it's here, but it didn't work for me. So, I reached the end a pleasantly surprised reader. It's no Dice World, but it is an interesting and entertaining collection of articles covering many areas of randomness and probability.
Jan 08, Peter rated it really liked it. Recently I bought a pile of timber for various home projects. While filing the invoices from the same supplier, I came across two which had precisely the same total - 6 digits, including the cents. The items were completely different in type and quantity. Now, what are the chances of that happening? Surely it means Something Important?
But that's not the real coincidence: Later that day I read about this exact situation in this book. Now, how's that for a real coincidence? The use and misuse of s Recently I bought a pile of timber for various home projects. The use and misuse of statistics have always interested me, and this book fascinated me and held my attention throughout. Although made up of separate articles by different authors, each thread is followed so well that you hardly know the difference, and careful editing has taken out most of the duplication of ideas which would normally occur.
Particularly interesting to me were the areas where our common sense just breaks down, leading us to wrong conclusions. These range from problems of testimony in court, to clinical trials, and even to some problems in modern cryptography. A thoroughly good read, provided you have some scientific background and are not scared of a few formulas. I was sorry it came to an end so soon. Nov 19, Flyss Williams rated it really liked it.
Ever wanted to know how to win at Rock, Paper Scissors, why shops are arranged in London in small hubs, how to get a bigger share of the prize should you be lucky enough to win the lottery. All of these and more are questions answered in Chance, the science and secrets of luck, randomness and probability.
Jan 10, Noel Leeman rated it really liked it. Really enjoyed this. Mar 11, Lauren Taylor rated it it was ok. There were a couple of good articles but the majority were pretty dull. I love books which explain scientific concepts but once they start tying in formulae I switched off.
Loved and connected with the final part, but found it a struggle to get there. It was the first time in his career he had been dropped. He followed his team-mates to the training field and gave O'Malley a hug: "I guess that's to you from room ! But he was absolutely ecstatic. He can still feel the bounce in his stride when he ran on to the pitch. Jason Cowman, the strength and conditioning coach, came over for a word: "Jaysus Chubbo, I've never seen you in better shape, you're flying.
But then, as he started to warm-up, something extraordinary happened. I thought, 'Fuck it!
That can't be a tear , it might just be tight' and tried to run it off. It was a strange couple of hours.
Five days later, O'Driscoll started the game against Munster. O'Malley set his sights on a quick return to the team but pushed too hard, and aggravated the damage to his calf. Six weeks passed: Leinster had reached the Heineken Cup final and the apprentice watched from the sideline as the master returned to his best.
Then, out of nowhere, the tables turned again. I thought, 'This is great for me' — as rugby players do — and was picked to play against Glasgow.
I thought it was a chance to get back in the mix but if I'd stayed injured, and hadn't played that day, I might still be okay. The game, a Rabo semi-final at the RDS, was in its 49th minute when he fractured his tibia and ruptured the cruciate and medial ligaments of his knee in a clash with Glasgow centre Alex Dunbar. He said, 'You might want to sit down' and I started welling up — a cruciate was six months on the sideline.
But you re-evaluate your goals. We were playing Glasgow. Mads Ian Madigan kicked a ball ahead and made 50 or 60 metres and I was beside Dave Kearney and could see him pulling away. These last weeks have been the best and worst of times. He loved the Six Nations and was thrilled for his former team-mates but can't help feeling sore sometimes. And there's a lot of talk in the papers at the moment about who is going to replace Brian and I find it tough to read those articles.
of lucky breaks, starting with the Big Bang and ending in your own conception. So it's not surprising that we persist in thinking that we're in with a chance, whether we're playing Published November 5th by Profile Books .. His first non-fiction book, an exploration of scientific anomalies entitled 13 Things That Don't. I have been lucky enough to receive an arc of Kelly's latest novel, and it was . This book is the first story in the Second Chance series and ends in an HEA.
There are people dealing with a lot worse, so it's hard to feel too sorry for yourself. Two years have passed since he almost played against Munster. He's going to the game on Saturday at the Aviva with a group of former team-mates to watch The Master one last time. O'Malley is the first player to keep O'Driscoll off a team but it's a story he can't tell.
But he knows it. And we know it. And that's the bottom line. After 7 rounds, Unlucky number And not the thing that sets him apart.