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Author:Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)
Description: As the number of words in a manuscript tends to infinity, the probability of a significant error making it into the final version approaches 1. As with any self-respecting infinite sequence in an undergraduate calculus class, "approaching infinity" here means "a tractable bunch" - the 100,000 words of the average book is definitely big enough.... Devlin goes on to point out an error in a discussion of the birthday problem in his latest book.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Probability

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