Professor David Spiegelhalter tries to get to grips with chance (AKA gambling) and how it works. He tackles such questions as whether people are wise to take an umbrella when they go out, to ways of maximising the chances of living to 100, as he tries to establish if luck and fate are embedded in the fabric of the universe. Along the way, he discovers hidden patterns and shapes in a book written exclusively with numbers and explains why going sky-diving only marginally increases his risk of dying in 2012.