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The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them by Max Gunther

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Chapter 1: The Randomness Theory

Martin Gardner, renowned mathematical gamesman who writes a monthly column on his topic for the Scientific American, is convinced that luck springs from plain randomness. When people talk about "amazing luck" and "winning streaks" and "lucky days," he insists, they are only talking about the coincidences and apparent patternings that are bound to show up when enough random events happen over a long enough time. Mathematician Horace Levinson expresses the same view in Chance, Luck and Statistics, one of the few readable books I've ever found on the subject of probability. Another such book is Lady Luck: The Theory of Probability, by mathematics professor Warren Weaver, who agrees with Gardner and Dr. Levinson. ...

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