What are the chances? This is the question we ask ourselves when we encounter coincidences that are scarcely believable amidst the ordinariness of our everyday lives. But here's the thing - if there is any likelihood that something could happen, no matter how small, it is bound to happen to someone at some time.
Combining a fascinating investigation into the true nature of chance with anecdotes of astonishing coincidences from around the world, Joseph Mazur proves the inevitability of the unexpected. A person can win the lottery four times, a driver you haven't booked can stand holding up your name in airport arrivals and dreams really can come true. A must-read for maths enthusiasts and avid storytellers alike, Fluke makes the improbable wonderfully possible.
‘Mazur uses probability to strip chance events of some of their mystery.'
‘Always entertaining and frequently insightful, Fluke is never less than thought-provoking.'
‘With charm and clarity, Joe Mazur leads us through the strange terrain of chance and surprise... A terrific read, and a welcome antidote to superstition and gullibility.'
‘The chances are very slim that you'd ever read this blurb. A simple-minded calculation puts the odds at about 50,000 to one against. Yet... here you are. How weird is this seemingly far-fetched coincidence? Well, dear reader, you've picked up the right book to answer that question.'
‘Joe Mazur's Fluke walks the reader, hand in steady hand, through the weird and dangerous landscape of extreme probability, distinguishing cause from correlate, and phenomenon from mere coincidence.'
‘An exciting addition to the ranks of books exploring the mysteries of chance and coincidence in the vein of The Black Swan and The Improbability Principle.'