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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? We all lose time and money because of bad decisions, perfectly happy in the illusion that our common sense is choosing the right path for us. In Conned Again, Watson! Sherlock Holmes uses his vast knowledge solve crimes and protect the innocent in a series of cautionary tales of greedy gamblers, reckless businessmen and ruthless conmen.

From 'The Execution of Andrews' to 'The Case of the Gambling Nobleman' and 'The Case of the Paranoid Student', there has never been a more exciting way to learn when to take a calculated risk - and how to spot a scam. In this illuminating collection of twelve new Sherlock Holmes stories, challenges of logic, probability, statistics, game theory and more are illustrated.

A thought-provoking introduction to maths relevant to everyday life, this book will change the way you look at making decisions. Read more Read less. About the Author Colin Bruce is a physicist and science writer living in Oxford. He is an expert in mathematical paradoxes and a lover of mysteries. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.

Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I like this book. I find the writing both entertaining and informative.

A few years ago, when it seemed that the book was going out of print, I managed to create a small stash of these so that I can give them as gifts to people who I believe would enjoy reading it. This being said, I read all the negative reviews, and I must say with all honesty that the criticisms leveled at the book are legitimate. If you are expecting a book of Sherlock Holmes detective stories of the original Conan Doyle's kind, you will be disappointed.

In fact, this is not at all a book of detective stories and mysteries. Also, if you are an expert in mathematics, you will find most of the discussion rather shallow and unnecessarily protracted. However, if you understand well what this book isn't, there is no reason why you shouldn't enjoy the book for what it is.

In this book Colin Bruce offers a nice mix of tidbits from mathematics, probability, and game theory, all presented in a belletrized form. The Sherlockian atmosphere is meant just as an entertaining backdrop. The first chapter is, I think, well written, but does not offer much substance. There are a lot more interesting bits and pieces spread throughout the rest of the book. The book is not perfect, and there are some things that I found irritating.

Chapters 5 and 6 seem to be unnecessarily drawn out, with an excessively long and insipid background story. In Chapter 3, Watson says: "1 January We had entered the twentieth century! Yet, in both cases, Holmes doesn't catch on to say that actually, the twentieth century does not start until January 1, The stories in the book are meant to be happening around the year But in reality, in both Karl Marx and Lewis Carrol had been dead for some time. He also plays loose with the history of aviation and technology in general.

So, while the author aims to clear some confusion about matters of logic, probability and statistics, he confuses the reader with historical inaccuracies. And, as it becomes clear in the afterword, deliberately so. Also, I find distasteful the way he describes Lewis Carrol.

Overall, however, I find the book utterly enjoyable, and I hope that other people will like it too. Each chapter is a small self-contained story and there is no unifying plot line, so you can possibly read the book from any place, without losing anything of the story. The author has written twelve page stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, each intended to illustrate a common logical error. There is a nicely wide-ranging choice of such errors, many but not all from my own field of Probability e.

The author largely succeeds in copying the tone of the Holmes stories definitely a tribute, not a satire or pastiche though unsurprisingly his prose is somewhat more "flat" than Conan Doyle's.

And there is an extremely well written afterword giving further analysis of the logic. But who should read it? To me, we read fiction for pleasure in the moment like playing a game whereas in reading non-fiction we hope some of it will stick in our mind. So while this book is entertaining and informative "in the moment", it's not clear if these logical points will stick -- the contrived stories may be more of a distraction rather than an aid. Moreover the reason we make logical errors is not because we are arbitrarily stupid, but because we confuse a given setting with another, superficially similar, setting in which the argument would be correct.

And as for the specific errors, to fully internalize a point you need to understand not only examples where the error is made but also superficially similar examples where the error is not made; this is hard to do via fiction. Love this book as it tells stories in the style of Sherlock Holmes stories and have good probability lessons embedded. Enjoyable experience for all of us. I am a retired math teacher who enjoys probability lessons.

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The writing is really remarkably clever - the tone of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries is reproduced with almost uncanny accuracy. Watson is satisfactorily stupid, and there is a lot of fun to be had with historical hindsight - Holmes invests in the newly invented Monopoly boardgame, Waton ridicules the notion of heavier-than-air flight, and so on. Most of the book is about probability, and it would make a useful accompaniment to a first probability course - the amount of material covered is quite surprising. But it should be equally attractive to the reader with no special mathematics background - all the explanations are clear and comprehensible.

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