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The Improbability Principle

Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

By David J. Hand
15-minute read
The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day by David J. Hand

The Improbability Principle illuminates the scientific background of chance and probability. Ultimately it demonstrates that even those events which we would otherwise consider “miraculous” are actually to be expected, as long as we have the right information.

  • Anyone who’s interested in probability theory
  • Anyone who wants to know how probability affects our daily lives
  • Anyone who has ever seen an event so unlikely that it had to be a miracle

David J. Hand is an professor emeritus at the Imperial College London as well as former president of the Royal Statistical Society. He is an expert on financial mathematics, measurement and computational statistics, and has authored several books, including Information Generation: How Data Rule Our World and Statistics: A Very Short Introduction.

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