What's Luck Got to Do with It?

The History, Mathematics, and Psychology of the Gambler's Illusion

Author: Joseph Mazur

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400834457

Category: Mathematics

Page: 296

View: 3481

Why do so many gamblers risk it all when they know the odds of winning are against them? Why do they believe dice are "hot" in a winning streak? Why do we expect heads on a coin toss after several flips have turned up tails? What's Luck Got to Do with It? takes a lively and eye-opening look at the mathematics, history, and psychology of gambling to reveal the most widely held misconceptions about luck. It exposes the hazards of feeling lucky, and uses the mathematics of predictable outcomes to show when our chances of winning are actually good. Mathematician Joseph Mazur traces the history of gambling from the earliest known archaeological evidence of dice playing among Neolithic peoples to the first systematic mathematical studies of games of chance during the Renaissance, from government-administered lotteries to the glittering seductions of grand casinos, and on to the global economic crisis brought on by financiers' trillion-dollar bets. Using plenty of engaging anecdotes, Mazur explains the mathematics behind gambling--including the laws of probability, statistics, betting against expectations, and the law of large numbers--and describes the psychological and emotional factors that entice people to put their faith in winning that ever-elusive jackpot despite its mathematical improbability. As entertaining as it is informative, What's Luck Got to Do with It? demonstrates the pervasive nature of our belief in luck and the deceptive psychology of winning and losing. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.

What’s Luck Got To Do With It

Author: Carmen DeSousa

Publisher: Carmen DeSousa Books

ISBN: 194514338X

Category: Fiction

Page: 553

View: 5864

Book Pairings, for readers who don’t want the story to end with the first book. Book 1: After Jana divorces her unfaithful husband, she writes a runaway hit, encouraging women to go after what they want in life. But then an injury lands her in Dr. Kijek’s office, a physical therapist who hates her simply because she wrote a book about not needing a man. Or so she thinks… Book 2: After a series of bad luck, 39-year-old struggling actress Alaina Ackerman gives up her dream of starring on Broadway and accepts her mother’s holiday invitation to come home instead of ending up homeless on the streets of New York City in November. To no surprise to Alaina, that old harpy some call fate decides to throw more complications into her life: an abandoned puppy, a secret between her mother and sister she's not privy to, and the most complicated entanglement... Markus Klein -- a man she has spent twenty years trying to forget after the night they crossed the “just friends” line. Then there’s the final audition her mother insists she go on…

What's Luck Got to Do with It?

Author: Diana Mylek

Publisher: Diana Mylek

ISBN: 1452355495

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 4625

When a mild mannered preacher returns from Las Vegas with a jackpot and a new wife, odds are there is much more to the story! Trevor's mission of mercy goes awry when he drops a quarter into a slot and wins more than he bargained for. Has he fallen from grace? What happened in those lost hours? How can any of this possibly be God's plan?

Some Lucky Woman

Author: Carmen DeSousa

Publisher: Carmen DeSousa

ISBN: 1945143010

Category: Fiction

Page: 360

View: 8457

Some lucky women meet the man of their dreams and live happily ever after. Some lucky women focus on a career and make their own happily ever after. And then some women wake up after fifteen years of marriage and discover that their luck just ran out ... right into the arms of another woman. Jana Embers isn't one to sit back, though. The first thing Jana realizes she needs to do is empty the joint bank account, then she's thinking she might take a tire iron to her soon-to-be-ex-husband's truck. After that, she's not sure what she'll do ... Maybe she'll adopt a cat. After her divorce and a few too many crummy dates, Jana decides she doesn't need a man. A perfectly sized and shaped device and writing about the perfect hero will more than suffice. Determined to share her philosophy, she pens You Don't Need a Man, encouraging women everywhere to go out and experience life instead of waiting for a man to complete them. Three years later, Jana has a New York Times bestseller and a contract for a movie adaptation, but she also has a shoulder injury, which has put a crimp in her new carefree lifestyle. Worse yet, she can't write. Her only hope is Dr. Adrian Kijek, a renowned physical therapist who hates her simply because she wrote a book about not needing a man, or so she thinks ... WARNING: Although there are many adult situations in Some Lucky Woman, if say ... something crazy happened and a famous producer adapted this contemporary women's fiction into a movie, it would have a PG-13 rating. There are no erotic scenes, no graphic violence, and while there are a few allowed-on-TV curse words, there aren't a plethora of gratuitous foul words. Oh, and if you were looking for a cliffhanger, you won't find that here either. Please proceed at your own risk.

What's Luck Got to Do With It?

Twelve Entrepreneurs Reveal the Secrets Behind Their Success

Author: Gregory K. Ericksen,Ernst & Young LLP,Ernst & Young

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780471179986

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 231

View: 4115

Winners of the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards tell how they created million-dollar businesses in such industries as retailing, high tech, manufacturing, and flowers

Why We Get Fat

And What to Do About It

Author: Gary Taubes

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307595515

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

View: 3125

What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions. Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management. Complete with an easy-to-follow diet. Featuring a new afterword with answers to frequently asked questions. Don't miss Gary Taubes's latest book, The Case Against Sugar, available now.

Down on Her Luck

Author: Carmen DeSousa

Publisher: Carmen DeSousa Books

ISBN: 1945143169

Category: Fiction

Page: 266

View: 2767

Thirty-nine-year-old struggling actress Alaina Ackerman isn’t just down on her luck today; lady luck has packed up and left town for heaven only knows where. Instead of ending up homeless on the streets of New York City in November, Alaina accepts her mother’s holiday invitation and heads home to Pittsburgh for a much-needed break. Maybe even to give up on acting altogether. The last thing Alaina expects is to be happy returning home, especially when fate practically embeds an abandoned puppy and an old friend, Markus Klein -- a man she has spent twenty years trying to forget after the night they crossed the “friend” line -- into her life. Now, torn between a love she thought she lost, and one she never knew existed, that vicious harpy some call fate dangles Alaina’s dream opportunity of a lead role in front of her. Her only problem… Going after her dream could jeopardize her chance at love. As if a new puppy, love, and career aren’t complicated enough, Alaina discovers that her mother and sister are keeping a secret from her. The revelation might be just enough to get Alaina’s life heading in the right direction … or send her over the edge.​ WARNING: Although there are many adult situations in this contemporary women's fiction with a hint of humor and romance, if say ... something crazy happened and a famous producer adapted this novel into a movie, it would have a PG-13 rating. There are no erotic scenes, no graphic violence, and while there are a few allowed-on-TV curse words, there aren't a plethora of gratuitous foul words. Oh, and if you were looking for a cliffhanger, you won't find that here either. While Down on Her Luck is a follow-up story to Some Lucky Woman, it is a stand-alone novel. Please proceed at your own risk.

Luck

The Brilliant Randomness Of Everyday Life

Author: Nicholas Rescher

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 0822972271

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 3374

Luck touches us all. "Why me?" we complain when things go wrong—though seldom when things go right. But although luck has a firm hold on all our lives, we seldom reflect on it in a cogent, concerted way. In Luck, one of our most eminent philosophers offers a realistic view of the nature and operation of luck to help us come to sensible terms with life in a chaotic world. Differentiating luck from fate (inexorable destiny) and fortune (mere chance), Nicholas Rescher weaves a colorful tapestry of historical examples, from the use of lots in the Old and New Testaments to Thomas Gataker’s treatise of 1619 on the great English lottery of 1612, from casino gambling to playing the stock market. Because we are creatures of limited knowledge who do and must make decisions in the light of incomplete information, Rescher argues, we are inevitably at the mercy of luck. It behooves us to learn more about it.

Luck is No Accident

Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career

Author: John D. Krumboltz,Al S. Levin

Publisher: Impact Publishers

ISBN: 188623003X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 161

View: 1322

Unplanned events more often determine life and career choices than all the careful planning we do. A chance meeting, a broken appointment, a spontaneous vacation trip are the kind of experiences that lead to unexpected life directions. This book encourages readers to prepare for the unexpected and to make the most of what life offers.

Success and Luck

Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy

Author: Robert H. Frank

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400880270

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 8382

From New York Times bestselling author and economics columnist Robert Frank, a compelling book that explains why the rich underestimate the importance of luck in their success, why that hurts everyone, and what we can do about it How important is luck in economic success? No question more reliably divides conservatives from liberals. As conservatives correctly observe, people who amass great fortunes are almost always talented and hardworking. But liberals are also correct to note that countless others have those same qualities yet never earn much. In recent years, social scientists have discovered that chance plays a much larger role in important life outcomes than most people imagine. In Success and Luck, bestselling author and New York Times economics columnist Robert Frank explores the surprising implications of those findings to show why the rich underestimate the importance of luck in success—and why that hurts everyone, even the wealthy. Frank describes how, in a world increasingly dominated by winner-take-all markets, chance opportunities and trivial initial advantages often translate into much larger ones—and enormous income differences—over time; how false beliefs about luck persist, despite compelling evidence against them; and how myths about personal success and luck shape individual and political choices in harmful ways. But, Frank argues, we could decrease the inequality driven by sheer luck by adopting simple, unintrusive policies that would free up trillions of dollars each year—more than enough to fix our crumbling infrastructure, expand healthcare coverage, fight global warming, and reduce poverty, all without requiring painful sacrifices from anyone. If this sounds implausible, you'll be surprised to discover that the solution requires only a few, noncontroversial steps. Compellingly readable, Success and Luck shows how a more accurate understanding of the role of chance in life could lead to better, richer, and fairer economies and societies.

What's Luck Got to Do with It?

Flying Memoirs

Author: Nigel Humphries

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781523344949

Category:

Page: 142

View: 9545

Luck is a vital part of a pilot's career and timing is another. The author spent some 16000 hours at the controls of aeroplanes, always fascinated by what you could see from them, what you could do with them, the places you could go with them, the skills you needed to get the best out of them and most of all the sheer joy of flying them. This book is a treasury of his experiences. Readers are taken on journeys from Cessna 150s to Boeing 747s, from Hurn Airport to Kai Tak, from smooth touchdowns to an upside-down landing, while reflecting on what luck had to do with it all.

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was

How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It

Author: Barbara Sher

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 9780307763204

Category: Self-Help

Page: 336

View: 2526

If you suspect there could be more to life than what you're getting...if you always knew you could do anything if you only knew what it was, this extraordinary book is about to prove you right! A life without direction is a life without passion. The dynamic follow-up to the phenomenal best-seller Wishcraft, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was (the New York Times Bestseller) guides you, not to another unsatisfying job, but to a richly rewarding career rooted in your heart's desire. And in a work of true emancipation, this life-changing sourcebook reveals how you can recapture "long lost" goals, overcome the blocks that inhibit your success, decide what you want to be, and live your dreams forever! You will learn: * What to do if you never chose to be what you are. * How to get off the fast track--and on to the right track. * First aid techniques for paralyzing chronic negativity. * How to regroup when you've lost your big dream. * To stop waiting for luck--and start creating it. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Moral Luck

Author: Daniel Statman

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791415399

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

View: 4701

Luck plays a part in determining our judgments and in causing us to question our notions of morality. Should a successful murderer be punished more severely than an unsuccessful one? Should a person be praised for his fine moral character which was a consequence of his good luck in being born into a certain kind of family, in particular historical circumstances? These questions and other ideas are discussed in this book by leading philosophers including: Bernard Williams, Thomas Nagel, Martha C. Nussbaum, Don Levi, Judith Andre, Henning Jensen, Nicholas Rescher, Norvin Richards, Steven Sverdlik, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Michael J. Zimmerman, and Margaret U. Walker. The reader is stimulated to reflect on his or her basic notions of morality, especially those of responsibility, agency, and justification.

Love & Luck

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1534401024

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 320

View: 6321

A New York Times bestseller From the author of the New York Times bestselling Love & Gelato comes a heartwarming tale of a road trip through Ireland filled with love, adventure, and the true meaning behind the word family. Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind. So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism. And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother. That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

Contagious

Why Things Catch On

Author: Jonah Berger

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451686587

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 9747

Dynamic young Wharton professor Berger draws on his research to explain the six steps that make products or ideas contagious. Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral?

The Vintner's Luck

Author: Elizabeth Knox

Publisher: Victoria University Press

ISBN: 0864736770

Category: Fiction

Page: 241

View: 6193

A 19th century French winemaker is visited by a male angel and falls in love. The angel visits him once a year and the friendship leads to a triangle involving the winemaker's wife.

The Thing About Luck

Author: Cynthia Kadohata

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471116867

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 9474

'Kouun is "good luck" in Japanese, and one year my family had none of it.' Just when Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan, right before harvest season. But the mortgage has to be paid, and so Summer's grandparents are going to help with harvest instead - taking Summer, her little brother Jaz and their dog Thunder with them. Obaachan and Jiichan are… well, they're old fashioned, and demanding. Between helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her little brother, who can't seem to make any friends, Summer has her hands full. Then one of the boys who Summer has known forever starts paying extra attention to her. But what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own… and once again Summer ends up disappointing Obaachan. But that's the thing about luck - bad luck can always get worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it and save her family, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Surely kouun is coming soon…?

By Way of Luck

How Chance Shaped a Storied Life

Author: Jim Perkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781495152566

Category: Environmental policy

Page: 332

View: 4672


The Success Equation

Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing

Author: Michael J. Mauboussin

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422184234

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 293

View: 8456

Examines the importance of skill and luck, describes how to develop analytical tools to understand them, and offers suggestions on putting these findings to work to achieve success.