Rocks Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody
by William Poundstone
(Little, Brown and Company, 2014, 302 pages)
After hearing an interview with the author on NPR, I put this book on my “to read” list. I finally got around to reading it! It’s a fascinating book on randomness and probability. There are two parts in the book. Part one, The Randomness Experiment, has 13 chapters. Part two, The Hot Hand Theory, has 9 chapters. The chapters go into detail on various topics from office football pools, to home prices, to stock markets. If you play tennis, be sure to read Chapter five on how to improve your tennis serves. In the market for a house? You’ll get an edge on others if you read chapter 20. Want to outguess Oscars pools? Chapter 17 will show you how. Some chapters are eye-opening and inspiring, some could’ve used more in-depth explanations. I still had a great time reading it.
If you are into probability, game theory or consumer behavior, you’ll have a good time reading this book. Who knows, you may get richer, too.