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What's Luck Got to Do with It? by Joseph Mazur

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The Behavior of a Coin

Making Predictions with Probability

I’m gamblin’,Gamble all over town. . . .Yea, where I meet with a deck of cards,Boy you know I lay my money down. —Lightnin’ Hopkins, “The Roving Gambler”

My great books course professor relayed an anecdote about Flaubert. The professor himself wore a stained, tan trench coat during the hour and, with his difficulty of getting Bs out without stuttering them, told our class that Flaubert, the author of Madame B-B-B-Bovary, had a catalogue of writing exercises that he shared with ...

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