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enCelebrate chance, coincidence and unlikelihood this Friday – Huntrodd's Day!
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Mr and Mrs Huntrodd were both born on the same day — 19 September 1600. That's quite a coincidence isn't it? (See <a href="http://www.huntrodds.com/who.html">here</a> just how much of a coincidence this is.) What's even more of a coincidence is that they both died, within 5 hours of each other, on the same day too, which was… drum roll please… 19 September 1680! This seems very surprising.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/celebrate-chance-coincidence-and-unlikelihood-friday-huntrodds-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/celebrate-chance-coincidence-and-unlikelihood-friday-huntrodds-day#commentscoincidenceTue, 16 Sep 2014 14:50:32 +0000Rachel6189 at https://plus.maths.org/contentUnderstanding uncertainty: The maths of surprises
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<p>You meet an old friend on holiday, you find your colleague shares your birthday, you win the lottery. Exactly how rare are these rare events? David Spiegelhalter investigates in his regular column on uncertainty and risk.</p>
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<p><i>A family has three children all of whom were born on January 29th.</i></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/understanding-uncertainty-maths-surprises" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/understanding-uncertainty-maths-surprises#comments47averageCMScoincidenceeditorialmeanprobabilityrare eventrisk analysisstatisticsunderstanding uncertaintySat, 31 May 2008 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin5147 at https://plus.maths.org/contentAn almighty coincidence
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Rob Eastaway and John Haigh </div>
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Life is full of coincidences, but how do you work out if something is really as unlikely as it seems? In this article <b>Rob Eastaway</b> and <b>John Haigh</b> find chance in church and work out the odds. </div>
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<div class="pub_date">December 2007</div>
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<p>Coincidences can crop up in the strangest places. While Peter Hughes, an accountant from Birkenhead, was at a church service, his eye fell on the board showing the list of hymn numbers for the service. They were 16, 37, 428 and 590.</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/almighty-coincidence" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/almighty-coincidence#comments45coincidenceprobabilitystatisticsSat, 01 Dec 2007 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2318 at https://plus.maths.org/contentWhat a coincidence!
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Geoffrey Grimmett </div>
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Coincidences are familiar to us all but what are the so-called laws of chance? From coin tossing to freak weather events, <b>Geoffrey Grimmett</b> explains how probability is at the heart of it all. </div>
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<div class="pub_date">January 1998</div>
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