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The Empire of Chance Gerd Gigerenzer (Universitat Konstanz, Germany)

The Empire of Chance By Gerd Gigerenzer (Universitat Konstanz, Germany)

The Empire of Chance by Gerd Gigerenzer (Universitat Konstanz, Germany)


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The Empire of Chance tells how quantitative ideas of chance transformed the natural and social sciences, as well as daily life, in the last three centuries. It connects the earliest applications of probability and statistics in gambling and insurance to the most recent forays into law, medicine polling and baseball.

The Empire of Chance Summary

The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life by Gerd Gigerenzer (Universitat Konstanz, Germany)

The Empire of Chance tells how quantitative ideas of chance transformed the natural and social sciences, as well as daily life over the last 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 in biology, physics and psychology. Themes recur - determinism, inference, causality, free will, evidence, the shifting meaning of probability - but in dramatically different disciplinary and historical contexts. In contrast to the literature on the mathematical development of probability and statistics, this book centres on how these technical innovations remade our conceptions of nature, mind and society. Written by an interdisciplinary team of historians and philosophers, this readable, lucid account keeps technical material to an absolute minimum. It is aimed not only at specialists in the history and philosophy of science, but also at the general reader and scholars in other disciplines.

The Empire of Chance Reviews

'The book provides a welcome introduction to the main historical themes of probability, statistics and inference. It is, at the same time, impressive in its range and subject-matter and in its depth of analysis.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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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GOR005510843
9780521398381
052139838X
The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life by Gerd Gigerenzer (Universitat Konstanz, Germany)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1990-10-26
360
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