Nel 1955 la RAND Corporation pubblica un simpatico libricino, acquistabile tutt’oggi tramite Amazon.
“A million random digits with 100,000 normal deviates”
L’intero volume è composto da tavole di numeri a random, prodotti da una simulazione elettronica di una roulette, a partire dal 1947: questa, collegata a un computer, generava le serie, che venivano poi controllate da un computer.
The main use of the tables was in statistics and the experimental design of scientific experiments, especially those which employed the Monte Carlo method
Qui, i commenti di alcuni acquirenti dell’incauto acquisto:
“I had a hard time getting into this book. The profanity was jarring and stilted, not at all how people really talk.”
“Once you get about halfway in, the rest of the story is pretty predictable.”
“If you like this book, I highly recommend that you read it in the original binary.”
“I would have given it five stars, but sadly there were too many distracting typos. For example: 46453 13987.”
“I really liked the ’10034 56429 234088′ part.”
“Frankly the sex scenes were awkward and clumsily written, adding very little of value to the plot.”
“For a supposedly serious reference work the omission of an index is a major impediment. I hope this will be corrected in the next edition.”