Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life
ISBN: 052139838X
EAN13: 9780521398381
Language: English
Pages: 360
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
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.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover This book tells how quantitative ideas of chance transformed the natural and social sciences, as well as daily life, over the past three centuries