18 Jan Colin Bruce has once again called upon Sherlock Holmes to solve a vexing mystery, viz., how to introduce some important concepts and. Readers familiar with [1] and [2] by Colin Bruce will be pleased to learn that once again the game is afoot. This book is a collection of tales in which. Sherlock. To follow-up on his clever popular physics book that explains modern physics using Sherlock Holmes as a guide, Oxford based writer Colin Bruce has written a .

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‘Conned again Watson!’

As it is, there are only a quarter of a conend. We all suffer from the results of poor decisions. I will concede that creating stories in which you are simultaneously attempting to explain a complicated mathematical principle is a challenge. The Einstein Paradox says:. For decades, Richard P. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities.

Perhaps it is just me since the author seems to be at least somewhat aware of it and apparently unbothered by itbut I could not take all of the anachronisms. When you create an account with us, you’ll be able to save your favourite books, make a wishlist of upcoming titles, receive newsletters about books you’ll love, get recommendations tailored to you and order our books directly.

She expects Holmes to tell her which one “looks suspicious in its very nature “. We are unaccustomed to such roughness because processes human and artificial so often give nonrandom pattern to the world we encounter, and uniformity is a simple pattern to generate, and therefore commonplace. The Case of the Ancient Mariner Framing story: Oct 03, Franco Arda rated it really liked it.


But biorobotics expert John Long has found an ingenious way to overcome this problem: The Case of the Surprise Heir Framing story: But it’s not just the characters in these well-crafted stories that are deceived by statistics or fall prey to gambling fallacies.

The cult leader wants to know watwon or not the Canadian’s list of birthdays looks fake, and gives to Holmes two lists of birthdays–one for the 60 British candidates, and one for agaon 60 alleged American candidates, but neither is marked.

We all lose time and money because of bad decisions, perfectly happy in the illusion that our common sense is choosing the right path for us. Trivia About Conned Again, Wat In higher mathematics it is quite possible to have x greater than y, y greater than z, and yet z greater than x! In the early s, a NASA-led team of scientists changed the way we view the universe. The friend, named Prendergast, thinks that he may be a descendant of King Arthur Pendragon.

MathFiction: Conned Again, Watson! Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math and Probability (Colin Bruce)

The Case of the Gambling Nobleman Framing story: In twelve original Sherlock Holmes stories author Colin Bruce explains simple probability theory without Algibra. Could even the most forward thinking of engineers in have predicted that the most serious threat to an engine on an airplane would be a collision with a bird?

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Compound probability; dependency of events; redundancy in engineering Quote: I had never really noticed how sad of a character Watson is, though.


The author did a nice job explaining the mathematical principles set out in each story, but some of the characters rubbed me the wrong way. With the COBE Cosmic Background Explorer project, they showed that the microwave radiation that fills the universe must have come from the Big Bang,effectively proving the Big Bang theory beyond any doubt.

The lessons are well integrated in the stories and I found the explanations to be thorough without getting pulled down into extreme detail or minutiae. Misleading observations and statistics; Benford’s law Author’s book recommendation: So good I think I’m going to buy a copy instead of just taking it out of the library again and again.

Holmes’s quick wit, Watson’s patience, and their various friends’ and clients’ dubious decisions unite both to entertain and to illuminate tough but important problems. I mentioned previously that I would make a post about both this book and its prequel, The Einstein Paradox.

Sherlock Holmes enters the domain of probability and game theory with panache, tackling well-loved favorites such as the gambler’s fallacy, the birthday paradox, the Monty Hall problem, Prisoner’s Dilemma, independent versus dependent events, and martingales. Bayesian Decision Problems and Markov Chains.

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