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THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder DESPITE THE LEAD, GO FOR A CERTAINTY In “The Mysteries of Udolpho,” Ann Radcliffe, an English author who died in 1823, wrote, “A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and of vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder IS THE NEXT FLIP A 50-50 CHANCE? In the last two columns, I mentioned coin flipping. Suppose you toss a coin 19 times and it always comes down tails. What are the odds on the next flip? While you muse on that, let’s turn to this deal. South gets […]

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