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
     
 

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 here 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,… See more details below

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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 here 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. The contemporary debates center around figures such as Pascal, Leibniz and Jacques Bernoulli.

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

1An absent family of ideas1
2Duality11
3Opinion18
4Evidence31
5Signs39
6The first calculations49
7The Roannez circle (1654)57
8The great decision (1658?)63
9The art of thinking (1662)73
10Probability and the law (1665)85
11Expectation (1657)92
12Political arithmetic (1662)102
13Annuities (1671)111
14Equipossibility (1678)122
15Inductive logic134
16The art of conjecturing (1692[?] published 1713)143
17The first limit theorem154
18Design166
19Induction (1737)176

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