Sunday night I felt guilty about spending all of time reading about football. So, I turned my attention back to Derek Rowntree’s Probability without Tears. I’m reading the book to brush up on my research skills to help my academic research. So far, reading Probability is a rewarding experience, even if it is a bit like eating my vegetables.
Pages 50-59 cover how to make basic inferences about probability using what Rowntree terms the multiplication and addition rules. The good thing about Rowntree’s presentation is that he illustrates how the rules using practical examples involving playing cards, dice, and coins (that one imagines flipping). These examples allow Rowntree to make the technical understandable to the reader.
One thing that I’ve had to adjust to is that I do have to perform some basic calculations as I work through the book. I keep searching for paper and pencil, and wishing that I had a calculator handy.
On the whole, I’d give Probability Without Tears 8 out of 10 so far.