What's luck got to do with it? : the history, mathematics, and psychology behind the gambler's illusion / Joseph Mazur
- Mazur, Joseph
- Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- xvii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- The history -- Pits, pebbles, and bones : rolling to discover fate -- The professionals : luck becomes measurable -- From coffeehouses to casinos : gaming becomes big business -- There's no stopping it now : from bans to bookies -- Betting with trillions : the 2008 world economic calamity -- The mathematics -- Who's got a royal flush? : one deal as likely as another -- The behavior of a coin : making predictions with probability -- Someone has to win : betting against expectation -- A truly astonishing result : the weak law of large numbers -- The skill/luck spectrum : even great talent needs some good fortune -- The analysis -- Let it ride : the house money effect -- Knowing when to quit : psychomanaging risk -- The theories : what makes a gambler? -- Hot hands : expecting long runs of the same outcome -- Luck : the dicey illusion.
- 9780691138909 (hardcover : alk. paper) and 0691138907 (hardcover : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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