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Empire of Chance How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life

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ISBN-10: 052139838X

ISBN-13: 9780521398381

Edition: 1990

Authors: Gerd Gigerenzer, Zeno Swijtink, Theodore Porter, Lorraine Daston, Lorenz Kruger

List price: $35.99
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This book tells how quantitative ideas of chance have transformed the natural and social sciences as well as everyday life over the past 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 on biology, physics, and psychology. In contrast to the literature on the mathematical development of probability and statistics, this book centers on how these technical innovations recreated our conceptions of nature, mind, and society.
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/26/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.02" wide x 9.02" long x 1.18" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Gerd Gigerenzer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. He is the author of Calculated Risks, among other books, and the coeditor of Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox and Heuristics and the Law, both published by the MIT Press.

Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universit�t, Berlin.Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and professor of medical history and science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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
Name index
Subject index