The Emergence of Probability: A Philosophical Study of Early Ideas about Probability, Induction and Statistical Inference / Edition 2

The Emergence of Probability: A Philosophical Study of Early Ideas about Probability, Induction and Statistical Inference / Edition 2

by Ian Hacking
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521866553

ISBN-13: 9780521866552

Pub. Date: 09/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Historical records show that there was no real concept of probability in Europe before the mid-seventeenth century, although the use of dice and other randomizing objects was commonplace. Ian Hacking presents a philosophical critique of early ideas about probability, induction, and statistical inference and the growth of this new family of ideas in the fifteenth,

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Historical records show that there was no real concept of probability in Europe before the mid-seventeenth century, although the use of dice and other randomizing objects was commonplace. Ian Hacking presents a philosophical critique of early ideas about probability, induction, and statistical inference and the growth of this new family of ideas in the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. Hacking invokes a wide intellectual framework involving the growth of science, economics, and the theology of the period. He argues that the transformations that made it possible for probability concepts to emerge have constrained all subsequent development of probability theory and determine the space within which philosophical debate on the subject is still conducted. First published in 1975, this edition includes an introduction that contextualizes his book in light of developing philosophical trends. Ian Hacking is the winner of the Holberg International Memorial Prize 2009.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521866552
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Series on Statistical and Prob
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. An absent family of ideas; 2. Duality; 3. Opinion; 4. Evidence; 5. Signs; 6. The first calculations; 7. The Roannez circle; 8. The great decision; 9. The art of thinking; 10. Probability and the law; 11. Expectation; 12. Political arithmetic; 13. Annuities; 14. Equipossibility; 15. Inductive logic; 16. The art of conjecturing; 17. The first limit theorem; 18. Design; 19. Induction.

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