Book Review: the Improbability Principle

The Improbability Principle leans on principle, anecdote, and mathematics to underscore what Benjamin Disraeli put best: “there are lies, damn lies, and plenty of reasons to question everything.” While there won’t be many revelations for the statistically predisposed, the Improbability Principle uses equal parts anecdote and principle to reveal the dirty tricks beneath all sorts of fantastic claims.

Still, repeated examples and an overabundance of detail are to the detriment of a central idea (“if something impossible happens, check your assumptions”) that could be well-explored in a much smaller volume. The Improbability Principle is worth understanding, but it won’t take a full read to get it.

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