Book ID: CBB246208301

Probability (2015)


Rowbottom, Darrell P. (Author)

Polity Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 180
Language: English

When a doctor tells you there's a one percent chance that an operation will result in your death, or a scientist claims that his theory is probably true, what exactly does that mean? Understanding probability is clearly very important, if we are to make good theoretical and practical choices. In this engaging and highly accessible introduction to the philosophy of probability, Darrell Rowbottom takes the reader on a journey through all the major interpretations of probability, with reference to real-world situations. In lucid prose, he explores the many fallacies of probabilistic reasoning, such as the 'gambler's fallacy' and the 'inverse fallacy', and shows how we can avoid falling into these traps by using the interpretations presented. He also illustrates the relevance of the interpretation of probability across disciplinary boundaries, by examining which interpretations of probability are appropriate in diverse areas such as quantum mechanics, game theory, and genetics. Using entertaining dialogues to draw out the key issues at stake, this unique book will appeal to students and scholars across philosophy, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.

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Authors & Contributors
Shafer, Glenn
Armatte, Michel
Berry, Dominic
Bienvenu, Laurent
Borgato, Maria Teresa
Boumans, Marcel
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Historical Records of Australian Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Journal Electronique d'Histoire des Probabilités et de la Statistique
Joseph Henry Press
Pickering & Chatto
Princeton University Press
Open University (United Kingdom)
University of Maryland, College Park
Probability and statistics
Applied mathematics
Certainty; uncertainty
Stochastic or random processes
Social sciences
Mises, Richard von
Boltzmann, Ludwig
Darwin, Charles Robert
Frank, Philipp
Galton, Francis
Gani, Joseph
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
21st century
18th century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) (Australia)
International Institute of Statistics
Cambridge. University. Laboratory of Molecular Biology

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