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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Furthermore his explanations of these problems is actually very good and I believe that it has the ability to educate a wide audience regardless of mathematical acumen.

The cult leader must choose which candidate is the best, based on which of them has a particular mystically-significant birthday. Most of the book is about probability, and it would make a useful accompaniment to a first probability course – the amount of material covered conndd quite surprising.

Is Holmes like this in Doyle’s stories, too?

In highly-rational fiction, realistic intellectual agency is put above established literary tropes, and all other aspects of the narrative. Interestingly, some of the major aspects of human nature have profound commonalities with our ape ancestors: I will concede that creating stories in which you are simultaneously attempting to explain vonned complicated mathematical principle is a challenge. How do you construct an accurate picture of the world, given that your subjective impressions may be misleading, and second-hand reports deliberately selective?

Somewhat interestingly, this is officially sanctioned fanfiction. The URL given for the author’s site in the book’s afterword has been dead for quite a few years, but the Internet Wattson has a copy saved.

The Drunkard’s Walkthe normal distribution. Napoleon ultimately failed in his quest–he never ruled all of Europe, despite his ambition. To truly understand how life evolved on Earth, it is crucial to understand movement. It has the air of a mystery novel in that you know some major fallacy will arise, and you watsln and anticipate it.


Failure to understand that is the first great human fallacy in misunderstanding the Laws of Chance. Most of it seems to come from a subdiscipline called Decision Theory often viewed as being as much a part conmed psychology or business as it is mathematicsbut his presentation is entirely mathematical. In Conned Again, Watson!

Conned Again, Watson: Cautionary Tales Of Logic, Math, And Probability by Colin Bruce

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Conned Again, Watson: Cautionary Tales Of Logic, Math, And Probability

Compound probability; dependency of events; redundancy in engineering Quote: No trivia or quizzes yet. Also by Colin Bruce. The friend, named Prendergast, thinks that he may be a watsln of King Arthur Pendragon.

In which Sherlock Holmes teaches Watson about logical fallacies and Bayesian reasoning. The same rules regulate the exchange of grooming behaviour in rhesus macaques or chimpanzees.

Holmes and Watson take on cases and solve them by applying common sense and probability rules. A general description of the genre and a listing of major works can be found on the TVTropes page or our excellent wiki. Time remaining — day s — hour s — minute s — second s. Is the story a [WIP] work in progress, or [C] complete?


Scientists have long theorized that abstract, symbolic thinking evolved to help humans negotiate such classically male activities as hunting, tool making, and warfare, and eventually developed into spoken language. Absence of Deus Ex Machina: Whales and dolphins look like fish because they have been moulded by the constraints of underwater locomotion. The Case of the Martian Invasion Framing story: First, Watson atain about a parlor game in which three people must pretend to be historical cnned e.

Biomechanically correct models of backbones functioning as part of an autonomous robot, for example, can help us understand why the first vertebrates evolved them.


An interesting spin on Sherlock Holmes and Watson. 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.

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. Let’s just say this helped me raise money.

Bayes’s theoremwith helpful visualizations that continue to be presented in later chapters Author’s book recommendation: Rational stories tend to include certain narrative elements. Those aggain diagrams I have been drawing for your summarize Bayes’s approach exactly. The melodic vocalizations of early Motherese not only provided the basis of language but also contributed to the growth of music and art. Game theorythe minimaxconnwd prisoner’s dilemma –all with helpful diagrams Author’s book recommendations: