The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life / Edition 3

The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life / Edition 3

by Gerd Gigerenzer, Zeno Swijtink, Theodore Porter, Lorraine Daston
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521398381
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #12
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Classical probabilities, 1660–1840; 2. Statistical probabilities, 1820–1900; 3. The inference experts; 4. Chance and life: controversies in modern biology; 5. The probabilistic revolution in physics; 6. Statistics of the mind; 7. Numbers rule the world; 8. The implications of chance; References; Name index; Subject index.

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