Here's my conversation with Joseph Mazur, Professor Emeritus at Marlboro College in Vermont, about his book, "Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence." I started by asking him what the difference is between a fluke and a coincidence, and then we got into several of the stories in his collection, including:
- Why it's not so remarkable that a woman has won the lottery four times;
- How a woman bought a used book in Paris that was hers as a child in Colorado;
- Why gamblers need to forget the concept of "playing with the house's money;"
- Those dreams you remember because they coincide with something in your real life.