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Ten great ideas about chance, Persi Diaconis, Brian Skyrms

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Ten great ideas about chance
Title
Ten great ideas about chance
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Persi Diaconis, Brian Skyrms
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Language
eng
Summary
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of probability, setting the stage for a series of breakthroughs that enabled or transformed innumerable fields, from gambling, mathematics, statistics, economics, and finance to physics and computer science. This book tells the story of ten great ideas about chance and the thinkers who developed them, tracing the philosophical implications of these ideas as well as their mathematical impact. Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms begin with Gerolamo Cardano, a sixteenth-century physician, mathematician, and professional gambler who helped develop the idea that chance actually can be measured. They describe how later thinkers showed how the judgment of chance also can be measured, how frequency is related to chance, and how chance, judgment, and frequency could be unified. Diaconis and Skyrms explain how Thomas Bayes laid the foundation of modern statistics, and they explore David Hum's problem of induction, Andrey Kolmogorov's general mathematical framework for probability, the application of computability to chance, and why chance is essential to modern physics. A final idea - that we are psychologically predisposed to error when judging chance - is taken up through the work of Daniel hKahneman and Amos Tversky. Complete with a brief probability refresher, Ten Great Ideas about Chance is certain to be a hit with anyone who wants to understand the secrets of probability and how they were discovered. -- from dust jacket
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
519.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA273.A4
LC item number
D53 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Ten great ideas about chance, Persi Diaconis, Brian Skyrms
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-246) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Measurement -- Judgment -- Psychology -- Frequency -- Mathematics -- Inverse inference -- Unification -- Algorithmic randomness -- Physical chance -- Induction
Control code
ocn983825018
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 255 pages
Isbn
9780691174167
Lccn
2017943311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)983825018
Label
Ten great ideas about chance, Persi Diaconis, Brian Skyrms
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Measurement -- Judgment -- Psychology -- Frequency -- Mathematics -- Inverse inference -- Unification -- Algorithmic randomness -- Physical chance -- Induction
Control code
ocn983825018
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 255 pages
Isbn
9780691174167
Lccn
2017943311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)983825018

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