Adventures in ProbabilityBook - 2006
A laymans journey into the realm of probabilityfrom poker to politics, weather to war, Monte Carlo to mortality We search for certainty, but find only likelihood. All things are possible, only one thing actually happens; everything else is in the realm of probability. The twin disciplines of probability and statistics underpin every modern science and sketch the shape of all purposeful group activity politics, economics, medicine, law, sportsgiving humans a handle on the essential uncertainty of their existence. Yet while we are all aware of the hard facts, most of us still refuse to take account of probabilitypreferring to drive, not fly; buying into market blips; smoking cigarettes; denying we will ever age.There are some people, thoughgamblers, risk buyers, forensic experts, doctors, strategists who find probabilitys mass of incomplete uncertainties delightful and revelatory. Chances Areis their story. Combining philosophical and historical background with portraits of the men and women who command the forces of probability, this engaging, wide-ranging, and clearly written volume will be welcomed not only by the proven audiences for popular books like E=MC2and The Golden Ratiobut by anyone interested in the workings of fate.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006.
Branch Call Number: 519.2
Characteristics: 319 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.