The life of games and the game of life

  • Joaquim P. Marques de Sá

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Pages 25-43
  3. Pages 45-65
  4. Pages 67-91
  5. Pages 93-106
  6. Pages 107-123
  7. Pages 125-151
  8. Pages 153-173
  9. Pages 175-197
  10. Pages 199-214
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 215-224

About this book


With its many easy-to-follow mathematical examples, this book takes the reader on an almost chronological trip through the fascinating and amazing laws of chance, omnipresent in the natural world and in our daily lives. Along the route many fascinating topics are discussed, such as: challenging probability paradoxes; "paranormal" coincidences; game odds; causes and effects; interpretation of opinion polls; winning chances as a game proceeds; the nature of randomness; entropy and randomness; randomness in life; algorithmic complexity and the undecidability of randomness; possibilities and limitations of learning the laws of a Universe immersed in chance events. This charming book will inform and entertain the scientist and non-scientist alike.


Chance and Randomness Chaos Complexity theory Entropy Game theory Natur Probability and statistics algorithms

Authors and affiliations

  • Joaquim P. Marques de Sá
    • 1
  1. 1.Fac. EngenhariaUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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