If there is anything you want to know, or remind yourself, about probabilities, then look no further than this comprehensive, yet wittily written and enjoyable, compendium of how to apply probability calculations in real world situations.

--Keith Devlin, Stanford University, author of The Math Gene and The Math Instinct and known as "The Math Guy" on National Public Radio.


Probability is a beautiful mathematical theory and an indispensable tool for understanding the world around us. Olofsson makes this case remarkably well in his lively exposition. Where other authors lose themselves or their readers in technicalities, he goes straight to the point.

-- Olle Häggström, Chalmers University of Technology, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


Beautifully written, with fascinating examples and tidbits of information. Olofsson gently and persuasively shows us how to think clearly about the uncertainty that governs our lives.

-- John Haigh, University of Sussex, author of Taking Chances: Winning with Probability.


Probabilities: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives is a delightful guide to the sometimes counterintuitive discipline of probability. In it Peter Olofsson points out major ideas here, explains classic puzzles there, and everywhere makes free use of non-technical, witty vignettes to instruct and amuse.

-- John Allen Paulos, Temple University, author of Innumeracy and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper.