Classical Probability in the Enlightenment

Classical Probability in the Enlightenment

by Lorraine Daston
     
 

ISBN-10: 069100644X

ISBN-13: 9780691006444

Pub. Date: 10/16/1995

Publisher: Princeton University Press

What did it mean to be reasonable in the Age of Reason? Classical probabilists from Jakob Bernouli through Pierre Simon Laplace intended their theory as an answer to this question—as "nothing more at bottom than good sense reduced to a calculus," in Laplace's words. In terms that can be easily grasped by nonmathematicians, Lorraine Daston demonstrates how this

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What did it mean to be reasonable in the Age of Reason? Classical probabilists from Jakob Bernouli through Pierre Simon Laplace intended their theory as an answer to this question—as "nothing more at bottom than good sense reduced to a calculus," in Laplace's words. In terms that can be easily grasped by nonmathematicians, Lorraine Daston demonstrates how this view profoundly shaped the internal development of probability theory and defined its applications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691006444
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/16/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
451
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.12(d)

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