The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life by Gerd Gigerenzer

The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life by Gerd Gigerenzer

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An interdisciplinary work which tells how quantitative ideas of chance transformed the natural and social sciences, as well as daily life over the past three centuries, centering on how these technical innovations remade conceptions of nature, mind and society.

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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 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.

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SKU GOR007101013
Title The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life
Author By (author) Gerd Gigerenzer
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Year Published 1990
Number of Pages 360
ISBN 10 052139838X
ISBN 13 9780521398381
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Description

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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 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.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR007101013
Title The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life
Author By (author) Gerd Gigerenzer
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Year Published 1990
Number of Pages 360
ISBN 10 052139838X
ISBN 13 9780521398381
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.