Cautionary tales of logic, maths and probability Not many books about maths have chapters that start "The dead man seemed to stare at me in a most disconcerting way. The writing is really remarkably clever - the tone of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries is reproduced with almost uncanny accuracy. Watson is satisfactorily stupid, and there is a lot of fun to be had with historical hindsight - Holmes invests in the newly invented Monopoly boardgame, Waton ridicules the notion of heavier-than-air flight, and so on. Most of the book is about probability, and it would make a useful accompaniment to a first probability course - the amount of material covered is quite surprising. But it should be equally attractive to the reader with no special mathematics background - all the explanations are clear and comprehensible. A useful afterword gives further reading and explains the basics behind each chapter.

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Shelves: logic , probability This is an entertaining book of Sherlock Holmes and Watson tales, all of which demonstrate flaws of understanding due to logic or probability errors.

Many of the puzzles they are presented with defy normal understanding, but are explicated by Holmes to a very credulous Watson. Oct 22, Russell rated it really liked it This is a book that blends the same sort of material found in "What the Numbers Say", "Innumeracy" and "How to Think Straight". 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.

Delving into such arcana as normal distribution, Bayesian logic, and risk taking, the stories never dry up, even when presenting tables or graphs. 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. No, really! I loved the Sherlock Holmes stories when younger, and the author does a fairly good job of imitating the two famous characters and the feel for story style.

If you liked the aforementioned books, this will fit right in. I recommend it. Leggero, scorrevole e educativo!


'Conned again Watson!'

Colin Bruce Highly Rated! Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for young adults and math majors, math grad students and maybe even math professors. 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 book that teaches some important mathematical ideas in a similar context. To his credit, I must say that I am impressed and pleased by the topics that Bruce chooses to cover. Unlike the vast majority of writers of popular mathematics, Bruce does not cover the "sexiest" or newest ideas e. Most of it seems to come from a subdiscipline called Decision Theory often viewed as being as much a part of psychology or business as it is mathematics , but his presentation is entirely mathematical.


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

Download eBook With an emphasis on inquiry and process, "Teaching Mathematics in Elementary and Middle School "embraces active mathematics instruction and the development of mathematical thinking through problem solving. The text challenges future teachers to prepare their K-8 students for a world that requires a higher level of mathematical literacy and enables them to compete in a global society. Teachers will develop their own mathematical abilities, allowing them to help students discover a rich combination of thinking processes and problem-solving strategies, raising the learning expectations for all. Unique text features "TIE-Thought, Investigation and Exploration "features ask pre-service teachers to develop their own thinking and learning abilities, preparing them to better challenge their students. An extensive bibliography that can be used for this purpose appears on the CD-Rom. The incorporation of classroom vignettes, teacher illustrations, and samples of student work also all add to the excellent grounding of the text in real world classroom work.



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