Download Fluke The Math and Myth of Coincidence Online PdfCoincidence, fluke, and serendipity are closely related concepts that refer to something unexpected. Coincidence is surprising because there is no obvious apparent cause. Fluke means something accidentally happening with an unintended consequence and serendipity is used for a fortunate result that is obtained while striving for another objective. Anyway, such events always amaze and astound people. Like you meet a neighbor when on holiday at the other side of the world, or you think of an old friend you haven't seen in many years and he calls in the next hour.
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A sunny day in Paris, The novelist Anne Parrish leaves her husband in a left bank cafe to browse books at a stall by the Seine. One in particular grabs her attention. It was her very own childhood copy. We expect marvellous coincidences like this to occur once in a lifetime. But most of us have experienced more than one event that, on the face of it, seemed highly unlikely. The friend who called at the moment you picked up the phone to ring her.
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With a lightness of touch and a witty turn of phrase, Mazur sweeps aside pseudoscience and conspiracy theories, proving that there are rational explanations for even the most extraordinary events. An ideal book, then, for the lay reader who is curious about the nature of coincidence. It is in the early running to be among the best books of the year. This is another Mazur hallmark: discursive forays into psychology, physics, philosophy, and history. He explains why apparently remarkable coincidences are usually more likely than we imagine, because we underestimate how large our world really is.
On the very first page of the introduction, Mazur describes how his uncle endured sessions of ECT after suffering a high school boxing injury. What if his opponent had been sick? What if Jack had knocked out the other guy first? Speculations like these led to the present volume, in which he tries to apply mathematics to determine the likelihood of unlikely events. The first part of the book is the most entertaining. She leaves him to finish his wine and strolls off to browse the bookstalls along the Seine.