Chances Are... Adventures in Probability

ISBN-10: 0143038346
ISBN-13: 9780143038344
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Description: A compelling journey through history, mathematics, and philosophy, charting humanitys struggle against randomness Our lives are played out in the arena of chance. However little we recognize it in our day-to-day existence, we are always riding the  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

A compelling journey through history, mathematics, and philosophy, charting humanitys struggle against randomness Our lives are played out in the arena of chance. However little we recognize it in our day-to-day existence, we are always riding the odds, seeking out certainty but settlingreluctantlyfor likelihood, building our beliefs on the shadowy props of probability. Chances Areis the story of mans millennia-long search for the tools to manage the recurrent but unpredictableto help us prevent, or at least mitigate, the seemingly random blows of disaster, disease, and injustice. In these pages, we meet the brilliant individuals who developed the first abstract formulations of probability, as well as the intrepid visionaries who recognized their practical applicationsfrom gamblers to military strategists to meteorologists to medical researchers, from blackjack to our own mortality.

Ellen Kaplan has taught mathematics to people from six to sixty, at leading independent schools and most recently at Harvard University. With her husband, Robert, she wrote The Art of the Infinite. Ellen is also co-author of Chances Are: Adventures in Probability and Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human, co-written with her son, Michael Kaplan.

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