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By Paul J. Nahin

Some chance difficulties are so tricky that they stump the neatest mathematicians. yet even the toughest of those difficulties can frequently be solved with a working laptop or computer and a Monte Carlo simulation, within which a random-number generator simulates a actual technique, similar to 1000000 rolls of a couple of cube. this can be what Digital Dice is all approximately: the right way to get numerical solutions to tricky chance difficulties with no need to resolve complex mathematical equations.

Popular-math author Paul Nahin demanding situations readers to resolve twenty-one tricky yet enjoyable difficulties, from picking out the percentages of coin-flipping video games to understanding the habit of elevators. difficulties construct from quite effortless (deciding even if a dishwasher who breaks lots of the dishes at a restaurant in the course of a given week is clumsy or simply the sufferer of randomness) to the very tricky (tackling branching strategies of the type that needed to be solved by way of long island venture mathematician Stanislaw Ulam). In his attribute sort, Nahin brings the issues to existence with attention-grabbing and peculiar ancient anecdotes. Readers study, for instance, not only the way to confirm the optimum preventing element in any choice procedure yet that astronomer Johannes Kepler chosen his moment spouse by means of interviewing 11 women.

The ebook exhibits readers tips on how to write undemanding laptop codes utilizing any universal programming language, and gives ideas and line-by-line walk-throughs of a MATLAB code for every problem.

Digital Dice will entice someone who enjoys well known math or machine technology. In a brand new preface, Nahin wittily addresses a few of the responses he bought to the 1st edition.

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