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What S Luck Got To Do With It

Author : Joseph Mazur
ISBN : 1400834457
Genre : Mathematics
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Why do so many gamblers risk it all when they know the odds of winning are against them? Why do they believe dice are "hot" in a winning streak? Why do we expect heads on a coin toss after several flips have turned up tails? What's Luck Got to Do with It? takes a lively and eye-opening look at the mathematics, history, and psychology of gambling to reveal the most widely held misconceptions about luck. It exposes the hazards of feeling lucky, and uses the mathematics of predictable outcomes to show when our chances of winning are actually good. Mathematician Joseph Mazur traces the history of gambling from the earliest known archaeological evidence of dice playing among Neolithic peoples to the first systematic mathematical studies of games of chance during the Renaissance, from government-administered lotteries to the glittering seductions of grand casinos, and on to the global economic crisis brought on by financiers' trillion-dollar bets. Using plenty of engaging anecdotes, Mazur explains the mathematics behind gambling--including the laws of probability, statistics, betting against expectations, and the law of large numbers--and describes the psychological and emotional factors that entice people to put their faith in winning that ever-elusive jackpot despite its mathematical improbability. As entertaining as it is informative, What's Luck Got to Do with It? demonstrates the pervasive nature of our belief in luck and the deceptive psychology of winning and losing. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.
Category: Mathematics

What S Luck Got To Do With It

Author : Diana Mylek
ISBN : 9781452355498
Genre : Fiction
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When a mild mannered preacher returns from Las Vegas with a jackpot and a new wife, odds are there is much more to the story! Trevor's mission of mercy goes awry when he drops a quarter into a slot and wins more than he bargained for. Has he fallen from grace? What happened in those lost hours? How can any of this possibly be God's plan?
Category: Fiction

What S Luck Got To Do With It

Author : Ernst & Young LLP
ISBN : 0471179981
Genre : Business & Economics
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Jim McCann started with a flower shop on the side and ended up with 1-800-FLOWERS, the world's largest florist. Joanna Lau transformed a money-losing $7-million company into a profitable, diversified business with $56 million in annual revenues. Ted Waitt started Gateway 2000 on his family's cattle farm in Iowa and in less than ten years is running a billion-dollar company. What do they know that you don't know? What's Luck Got To Do With It? gives you an inside look at how renowned entrepreneurs turned ideas into breakthrough successes. The twelve men and women profiled are pacesetters in industries as diverse as retailing, high tech, manufacturing, flowers, and golf clubs. Each is a compelling personality with an unusual success story. Each provides candid accounts in his or her own words of what it took —how, when, where —to overcome the odds. You'll read revealing stories about their ups and downs, turning points, key decisions, and wrong turns, as well as the part played by coincidence, serendipity, and just plain luck. You'll learn how they dared to be different—whether it's a new way to market computers or make yogurt, deliver high-tech solutions or sell flowers, merchandise microelectronics or counsel employees. You'll read about Ely Callaway, the epitome of the lifelong entrepreneur, who's succeeded in textiles, wine, and, most recently, golf clubs, and refuses to stop having "fun" working. He's come out of retirement twice to score against-the-odds successes each time. "It's a challenge and a lot of fun to develop a conviction about something you think you can do that everyone thinks you can't," says Callaway. "That's what makes it more fun." For Pleasant T. Rowland, it was a determination to provide quality products for little girls that propelled her from ground zero to a quarter-billion-dollar business. "No one, especially an entrepreneur, should ever underestimate the importance of luck in a successful career. I believe that luck and strength go together. You must have the strength to wait for luck and when you get lucky, you must have the strength to follow through." What do these twelve risk takers have in common besides their inspiring success stories? Carefully selected by a distinguished panel of judges, they have received the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the YearR® Award and were chosen as representatives of the more than 3,000 entrepreneurs who have received the award since its creation in 1986. What's Luck Got To Do With It? is a compelling, eye-opening look into how these twelve people captured a piece of the American Dream. The Entrepreneurial Services practice of Ernst & Young is dedicated to owner-managed and middle-market businesses. It consults in the areas of finance, taxes, accounting, business planning, information systems, and international expansion. "This powerful, fascinating book reveals a microcosm of our country —past, present, and future. These remarkable people are truly proactive visionaries who create concepts, not just problem solve." — Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of the bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. "These twelve stories are so important because they demonstrate what one person can achieve with a simple idea, an opportunity, and the uncommon passion that transforms inspiration into a winning enterprise." —Debbi Fields, founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies Featuring the secrets behind the success of . . . Ely R. Callaway —Callaway Golf Company Steven J. Hamerslag —MTI Technology Corporation Gary Hirshberg —Stonyfield Farm Jim Koch — The Boston Beer Company Joanna Lau — LAU Technologies Jim McCann — 1-800-FLOWERS Fran Sussner Rodgers — Work/Family Directions Pleasant T. Rowland — Pleasant Company Richard M. Schulze— Best Buy Company, Inc. Jack Stack — Springfield ReManufacturing Corporation William Ungar — National Envelope Corporation Ted Waitt — Gateway 2000 Gregory K. Ericksen is the firm's National Director of Entrepreneurial Services, and is chairman of the Entrepreneur of the YearR® Institute.
Category: Business & Economics

What S Luck Got To Do With It

Author : Carmen DeSousa
ISBN : 9781945143380
Genre : Fiction
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Book Pairings, for readers who don’t want the story to end with the first book. Book 1: After Jana divorces her unfaithful husband, she writes a runaway hit, encouraging women to go after what they want in life. But then an injury lands her in Dr. Kijek’s office, a physical therapist who hates her simply because she wrote a book about not needing a man. Or so she thinks… Book 2: After a series of bad luck, 39-year-old struggling actress Alaina Ackerman gives up her dream of starring on Broadway and accepts her mother’s holiday invitation to come home instead of ending up homeless on the streets of New York City in November. To no surprise to Alaina, that old harpy some call fate decides to throw more complications into her life: an abandoned puppy, a secret between her mother and sister she's not privy to, and the most complicated entanglement... Markus Klein -- a man she has spent twenty years trying to forget after the night they crossed the “just friends” line. Then there’s the final audition her mother insists she go on…
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What S Luck Got To Do With It

Author : Gregory K. Ericksen
ISBN : 0471179981
Genre : Business & Economics
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Winners of the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards tell how they created million-dollar businesses in such industries as retailing, high tech, manufacturing, and flowers
Category: Business & Economics

Soul Food

Author : Adrian Miller
ISBN : 9781469607634
Genre : Cooking
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2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award, Reference and Scholarship Honor Book for Nonfiction, Black Caucus of the American Library Association In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish--such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and "red drinks--Miller uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity. Miller argues that the story is more complex and surprising than commonly thought. Four centuries in the making, and fusing European, Native American, and West African cuisines, soul food--in all its fried, pork-infused, and sugary glory--is but one aspect of African American culinary heritage. Miller discusses how soul food has become incorporated into American culture and explores its connections to identity politics, bad health raps, and healthier alternatives. This refreshing look at one of America's most celebrated, mythologized, and maligned cuisines is enriched by spirited sidebars, photographs, and twenty-two recipes.
Category: Cooking

So What Ll You Have Do Or Be Hon

Author : Monika Huppertz
ISBN : 9781469106502
Genre : Self-Help
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What if you decided to gain a higher state of awareness and consciousness? Within this book are transformational insights that are straightforward, easy to understand, inspiring and fun to do. Revealed are ways to alter self-defeating patterns. Huppertzs premier book offers down to earth advice, channeled from Universal sources. Follow a young woman and her thoughts on the information she reads in a book gifted to her. As she reads and refl ects upon the material, Kelly gains insights into herself and her world. Looking to understand why life has not gone as she had hoped, the woman reads on and gains a higher state of awareness and consciousness. Gain insights as Kelly reads and reacts to the information and begins a process that answers her silent prayer. Start to shift yourself as you begin to see a new and truthful light. This information will consistently fi nd its way to all those who are prepared to live a different life than before. Are you ready? Engage!
Category: Self-Help

Life As A Playwright

Author : Jon Klein
ISBN : 9781474285117
Genre : Drama
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Addressing the questions central to any playwright's career and identity, Jon Klein offers you a glimpse into a career writing for the theatre. As well as an account of the day-to-day life of a writer, he also discusses what an aspiring playwright should expect as they navigate the industry and how to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Furthermore, the book looks at situations that the emerging playwright is likely to encounter, including: handling rehearsals, workshops, castings, re-writing, venues, reviews, successes and failure. The book concludes with seventeen interviews with other USA-based playwrights, representing a wide range of experience, from writers just starting to make a name for themselves to seasoned, award-winning veterans such as Sheila Callaghan, Steven Dietz, Keith Glover, Lauren Gunderson, John Pielmeier and Jen Silverman. Author Jon Klein has a wealth of experience with over 30 of his plays produced in the USA and over 100 productions, including include T Bone N Weasel, Dimly Perceived Threats to the System, Betty the Yeti, and his most recent play, Resolving Hedda. Klein draws upon the lessons he has learned from his associations with numerous established theatre folk, many from the start of their careers. These include figures such as Bob Falls, Gregory Hines, Jon Jory, Kenny Leon, Dan Sullivan, and August Wilson.clude figures such as Bob Falls, Gregory Hines, Jon Jory, Kenny Leon, Dan Sullivan, and August Wilson.
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A Tempered And Humane Economy

Author : Jannett Highfill
ISBN : 9780739194546
Genre : Business & Economics
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A tempered and humane economy finds a balance between the market principle, “economic reward follows economic contribution,” and the family economic principle, “respect abilities, respect needs.” Markets are tempered by the wisdom gained from family experiences in the way that steel is iron tempered by fire. A humane economy meets the needs and aspirations of all persons in the way that a well-tempered musical instrument allows for the playing of music in every key without discord. A Tempered and Humane Economy:Markets, Families, and Behavioral Economicsargues that economists must incorporate the insights of behavioral economics into their reflections on micro- and macro-economic policy. The elephant in the room is how Americans are increasingly raising their children with an appropriate sense of entitlement and empowerment by involving them in decision making at home. We raise our children to find or create a job they will love, expecting that will make them highly productive. Not all children have these advantages, a problem we tackle head on, but enough of them do to create a critical mass of young adults who will transform our economy in a positive way for persons everywhere along the income distribution. Our vision for the U.S. Economy is one of tempered optimism and humane prosperity.
Category: Business & Economics