Elémentaire Mon Cher Watson ! Colin Bruce

ISBN: 9782080353559



Elémentaire Mon Cher Watson !  by  Colin Bruce

Elémentaire Mon Cher Watson ! by Colin Bruce
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Some people who think they hate math are lucky to learn that they actually just cant abide its often dry, abstract presentation. Physicist Colin Bruce turns math teaching on its head by using conflict, drama, and familiar characters to bring probability and game theory to vivid life in Conned Again, Watson!

Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math, and Probability. Using short stories crafted in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he lets Sherlock Holmes guide Watson and his clients through elementary mathematical reasoning. This kind of thinking is growing more and more important as poll numbers, economic indicators, and scientific data find their way into the mainstream, and Bruces gambit pays off handsomely for the reader.

Delving into such arcana as normal distribution, Bayesian logic, and risk taking, the stories never dry up, even when presenting tables or graphs. Holmess quick wit, Watsons patience, and their various friends and clients dubious decisions unite both to entertain and to illuminate tough but important problems.

Even the cleverest numerophile will probably still find a nugget or two of hidden knowledge in the book, or at least a few new ways to explain statistical concepts to friends and students. The rest of us can relax, enjoy the tales, and come away a little bit tougher to con. --Rob Lightner

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