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Creating Modern Probability : Its Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy in Historical Perspective - Jan von Plato

Creating Modern Probability

Its Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy in Historical Perspective

Hardcover Published: 11th January 2006
ISBN: 9780521444033
Number Of Pages: 336

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This is the only book to chart the history and development of modern probability theory. It shows how in the first thirty years of this century probability theory became a mathematical science. The author also traces the development of probabilistic concepts and theories in statistical and quantum physics. There are chapters dealing with chance phenomena, and current major mathematical theories, together with their foundational and philosophical problems. Among the theorists whose work is treated at some length are Kolmogorov, von Mises and de Finetti.

'... von Plato has consulted and drawn on a substantial body of archival material: letters, unpublished manuscripts, and drafts of later-published papers. Thus his book does not just (as is sometimes the case) simply revisit the standard chestnuts of the field, but substantially adds to our knowledge of them ... In sum, this is a welcome addition to the literature: timely, informed, and technically competent.' Isis

Preface
Introduction
Pathways to modern probability
Probability in statistical physics
Quantum mechanical probability and indeterminism
Classical embeddings of probability and chance
Von Mises' frequentist probabilities
Kolmogorov's measure theoretic probabilities
De Finetti's subjective probabilities; Supplement: Nicole Oresme and the ergodicity of rotations
Bibliography
Index of names
Index of subjects
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521444033
ISBN-10: 0521444039
Series: Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 11th January 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66