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Probabilities and Games of Chance
1.1 Illustrious Minds Play Dice
1.2 The Classic Notion of Probability
1.3 A Few Basic Rules
1.4 Testing the Rules
1.6 Counting Techniques
1.7 Games of Chance
1.7.1 Toto
1.7.2 Lotto
1.7.3 Poker
1.7.4 Slot Machines
1.7.5 Roulette
Amazing Conditions
2.1 Conditional Events
2.2 Experimental Conditioning
2.3 Independent Events
2.4 A Very Special Reverend
2.5 Probabilities in Daily Life
2.6 Challenging the Intuition
2.6.1 The Problem of the Sons
2.6.2 The Problem of the Aces
2.6.3 The Problem of the Birthdays
2.6.4 The Problem of the Right Door
2.6.5 The Problem of Encounters
Expecting to Win
3.1 Mathematical Expectation
3.2 The Law of Large Numbers
3.3 Bad Luck Games
3.4 The Two-Envelope Paradox
3.5 The Saint Petersburg Paradox
3.6 When the Improbable Happens
3.7 Paranormal Coincidences
3.8 The Chevalier de M´er´e Problem
3.9 Martingales
3.10 How Not to Lose Much in Games of Chance
The Wonderful Curve
4.1 Approximating the Binomial Law
4.2 Errors and the Bell Curve
4.3 A Continuum of Chances
4.4 Buffon’s Needle
4.5 Monte Carlo Methods
4.6 Normal and Binomial Distributions
4.7 Distribution of the Arithmetic Mean
4.8 The Law of Large Numbers Revisited
4.9 Surveys and Polls
4.10 The Ubiquity of Normality
4.11 A False Recipe for Winning the Lotto
Probable Inferences
5.1 Observations and Experiments
5.2 Statistics
5.3 Chance Relations
5.4 Correlation
5.5 Significant Correlation
5.6 Correlation in Everyday Life
Fortune and Ruin
6.1 The Random Walk
6.2 Wild Rides
6.3 The Strange Arcsine Law
6.4 The Chancier the Better
6.5 Averages Without Expectation
6.6 Borel’s Normal Numbers
6.7 The Strong Law of Large Numbers
6.8 The Law of Iterated Logarithms
The Nature of Chance
7.1 Chance and Determinism
7.2 Quantum Probabilities
7.3 A Planetary Game
7.4 Almost Sure Interest Rates
7.5 Populations in Crisis
7.6 An Innocent Formula
7.8 Chance in Life
Noisy Irregularities
8.1 Generators and Sequences
8.2 Judging Randomness
8.3 Random-Looking Numbers
8.4 Quantum Generators
8.5 When Nothing Else Looks the Same
8.6 White Noise
8.7 Randomness with Memory
8.8 Noises and More Than That
8.9 The Fractality of Randomness
Chance and Order
9.1 The Guessing Game
9.2 Information and Entropy
9.3 The Ehrenfest Dogs
9.4 Random Texts
9.5 Sequence Entropies
9.6 Algorithmic Complexity
9.7 The Undecidability of Randomness
9.8 A Ghost Number
9.9 Occam’s Razor
Living with Chance
10.1 Learning, in Spite of Chance
10.2 Learning Rules
10.3 Impossible Learning
10.4 To Learn Is to Generalize
10.5 The Learning of Science
10.6 Chance and Determinism: A Never-Ending Story
Some Mathematical Notes
A.1 Powers
A.2 Exponential Function
A.3 Logarithm Function
A.4 Factorial Function
A.5 Sinusoids
A.6 Binary Number System
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