Emergence of Probability A Philosophical Study of Early Ideas about Probability, Induction and Statistical Inference

ISBN-10: 0521318033
ISBN-13: 9780521318037
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ian Hacking
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Description: Historical records show that there was no real concept of probability in Europe before the mid-seventeenth century although the use of dice and other randomizing objects was commonplace. Ian Hacking here presents a philosophical critique of early  More...

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List price: $36.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/21/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 218
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

Historical records show that there was no real concept of probability in Europe before the mid-seventeenth century although the use of dice and other randomizing objects was commonplace. Ian Hacking here presents a philosophical critique of early ideas about probability, induction and statistical inference and the growth of this new family of ideas in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The contemporary debate centres round such figures as Pascal, Leibniz and Jacques Bernoulli. What brought about the change in ideas? The author invokes in his explanation a wider intellectual framework involving the growth of science, economics and the theology of the period.

Ian Hacking is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He holds the chair of Philosophy and History of Concepts at the College de France. Among his many books, the most recent is Rewriting the Soul.

An absent family of ideas
Duality
Opinion
Evidence
Signs
The first calculations
The Roannez circle (1654)
The great decision (1658?)
The art of thinking (1662)
Probability and the law (1665)
Expectation (1657)
Political arithmetic (1662)
Annuities (1671)
Equipossibility (1678)
Inductive logic
The art of conjecturing (1692[?] published 1713)
The first limit theorem
Design
Induction (1737)
Bibliography
Index

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