Amazon cover image
Image from Amazon.com

The Empire of chance : how probability changed science and everyday life / Gerd Gigerenzer, Zeno Swijtink, Theodore Porter, Lorraine Daston, John Beatty, Lorenz Kruger.

Contributor(s): Gigerenzer, Gerd [editor.] | Swijtink, Zeno [editor.] | Porter, Theodore [editor.] | Daston, Lorraine [editor.] | Beatty, John [editor.] | Krüger, Lorenz [editor.]Material type: TextTextSeries: Ideas in contextPublisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989Copyright date: ©1989Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 340 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781461949060; 1461949068; 9780511720482; 0511720483; 9781107387225; 1107387221Subject(s): Probabilities | Mathematical statistics | Science -- Philosophy | Philosophy | Probability | Science | Probabilités | Statistique mathématique | Sciences -- Philosophie | MATHEMATICS -- Essays | MATHEMATICS -- Pre-Calculus | MATHEMATICS -- Reference | Mathematical statistics | Probabilities | Science -- Philosophy | Naturphilosophie | Naturwissenschaften | Wahrscheinlichkeit | Waarschijnlijkheidstheorie | Waarschijnlijkheid (statistiek) | Beïnvloeding | Wetenschappen | Culturele aspecten | Statistikk | Sannsynlighet | Philosophie des sciences | Probabilités | Statistique mathématique | Hasard | SannsynlighetsregningGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Empire of chance.DDC classification: 510.1 LOC classification: QA273 | .E57 1989ebOther classification: 02.00 | 31.70 | 01.01 : 62 | 60-03 | CC 3300 | SG 590 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Classical probabilities, 1660-1840 -- Statistical probabilities, 1820-1900 -- The inference experts -- Chance and life: controversies in modern biology -- The probabilistic revolution in physics -- Statistics of the mind -- Numbers rule the world -- The implications of chance.
Summary: 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.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
Star ratings
    Average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Holdings
Item type Current library Collection Call number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
eBook eBook e-Library

Electronic Book@IST

EBook Available
Total holds: 0

Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-326) and indexes.

Classical probabilities, 1660-1840 -- Statistical probabilities, 1820-1900 -- The inference experts -- Chance and life: controversies in modern biology -- The probabilistic revolution in physics -- Statistics of the mind -- Numbers rule the world -- The implications of chance.

Print version record.

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.

Powered by Koha