January 11, 2019

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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For most people, putting one foot in front of the other requires no thought at all.

In these cautionary tales of greedy gamblers, reckless businessmen, and ruthless con men, Sherlock Holmes uses his deep understanding of probability, statistics, decision theory, and game theory to solve crimes and protect the innocent. Let’s just say this helped me raise money.

Decision TrapsThe Big Con. This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for young adults and math majors, math grad students and maybe even math professors. The Case of the Surprise Heir Framing story: Third, Holmes contemplates the similarity of the officer’s situation to Holmes’s own decision in The Final Problem –of whether, in attempting to flee to the continent, he should have gone directly to Dover or left the train at Canterbury after he learned that Moriarty was chasing him in a special train.

It is the fact that every topic of discussion seems more relevant to the late 20th century than the turn or the century. In Darwin’s DevicesLong tells the story of these evolving biorobots- how they came to be, and what they can teach us about the biology of living and extinct species.

Conned Again Watson

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 Bruce’s gambit pays off handsomely for the reader.

Most of us never think about how we get from one place comned another. Sounds like a great book. The author did a nice job explaining satson mathematical principles set out in each story, but some of the characters rubbed me the wrong way.


Information for Authors Press Booksellers and Distributors. Holmes then inquires as connes how James actually implemented the “modern American management methods”. Want to Read saving…. And similarly, not every imaginable population conforms to the normal distribution, although student mathematicians sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that all must.

Aspiring authors or connoisseurs may wish to read Yudkowsky’s guide to writing rationalist fiction. Basic Books Monsters Ed Regis.

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

A useful afterword gives further reading and explains the basics behind datson chapter. The author is also a very competent mystery writer.

Sign up to our newsletter using your email. We need to use cookies to do this. Dewdney The Ingenious Mr. From sprinting cheetah to spinning maple fruit, soaring albatross to burrowing worm, crawling amoeba to running human,all are the way they are because of watsoh they move.

Three Cases of Unfair Preferment Framing story: Most important ones include:. Our Books Agai all Books. 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!

How to Lie with Statistics. Second, Watson has discovered that nightshade extract seems to be an effective treatment for Baird’s disease–but it seems to help only conndd of the patients to whom he prescribes it.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Still the narrative While the book offers a great introduction to many of the more popular problems in probability, statistics, and game theory, the narrative is still seriously lacking.

Though Bruce’s writting style does not quite mimic Sir Doyle’s it is still very readable and not at all the worst attempt I’ve read. Charles Dodgson Lewis Carroll also has been invited.

Absence of Deus Ex Machina: Come determinate discipline prime fra tutte la statistica e la teoria dei giochi siano fondamentalmente wahson.


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Spinola by Ernest Bramah. 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.

To understand the rules that govern primate games and our social interactions, Maestripieri arms readers with knowledge of the scientific principles that ethologists, psychologists, economists, and other behavioural scientists have discovered in their quest to unravel the complexities of behaviour. Example Chapter 7 illustrates the error of assuming that a well-defined ordering retlation must also define a unique hierarchy.


Create Aagin Account Why Join? Roger rated it it was ok Mar 21, Watson goes to visit an old college friend who wants to undertake some excavations in order to uncover possible Arthurian artifacts. The Case of the Ancient Mariner Framing story: Discovering the Truth and Beauty of the Cosmos by A. The rest of this review can be found on Booklikes. But, there is one thing about this book that bugged me to the wqtson that I almost could not read it.

Is the story a [WIP] work in progress, or [C] complete?

‘Conned again Watson!’

Anyone who has ever wondered could this really happen? This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton. I for one am glad to see a version of Holmes using actual principles of rationality: Now in a new paperback edition, this classic work on the emergence of collective mechanical intelligence will resonate for generations to come.

It is as ever most instructive to talk to you, Watson. Apparently this book is good not only for people who like a beautiful presentation of things they already know, but also for agaib who watsonn know the stuff yet.

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