Sometimes referred to as the "Rand
book," this book was published in 1955 by the Rand
Corporation, and is nothing more than one million random
digits (and a table of random deviate
s). Typical use would involve defining an algorithm
for going from one number to another page (e.g.
, taking a number, read the first three digits, jump to that page, use the next three digits to determine where on the new page to begin). Open the book to a pseudorandom
page, and blindly
place your finger on the page. Reading from there, select a new page, and use the number found there.
This two stage selection is to increase randomness; a human will usually flip open a book about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through; will more often select a right side page to a left side page, and will usually point above and to the right of center.
Online versions can be downloaded from http://www.rand.org/publications/classics/randomdigits/randomdata.html