by Colin Bruce
In a follow-up to his book The Einstein Paradox, Bruce again employs Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson to present 12 new tales that illustrate how mathematical ignorance often has dreadful consequences. In these cases, Holmes draws on a deep understanding of probability, statistics, and game theory to enlighten greedy gamblers, reckless businessmen, or just plain unsuspecting folks who otherwise could be duped by statistics-wielding con artists. Each story has a lesson about a scam or a calculated risk, presented in the style of an Aesop's fable.
Perseus, 2001, 290 p., b&w; illus., hardcover
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