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The Empire of Chance : How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life - Gerd Gigerenzer

The Empire of Chance

How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life

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Published: 7th January 1991
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This book tells how quantitative ideas of chance have transformed the natural and social sciences as well as everyday life over the past three centuries. A continuous narrative connects the earliest application of probability and statistics in gambling and insurance to the most recent forays into law, medicine, polling, and baseball. Separate chapters explore the theoretical and methodological impact on biology, physics, and psychology. In contrast to the literature on the mathematical development of probability and statistics, this book centers on how these technical innovations recreated our conceptions of nature, mind, and society.

'The book provides a welcome introduction to the main historical themes of probability, statistics and inference. It is, at the same time, impressive in its range and subject-matter and in its depth of analysis.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Classical probabilities, 1660+1840
Statistical probabilities, 1820+1900
The inference experts
Chance and life: controversies in modern biology
The probabilistic revolution in physics
Statistics of the mind
Numbers rule the world
The implications of chance
References
Name index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521398381
ISBN-10: 052139838X
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 7th January 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.45