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Chances Are: Adventures in Probability

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A compelling journey through history, mathematics, and philosophy, charting humanity's 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 Are is 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.

Synopsis:

A compelling journey through history, mathematics, and philosophy, charting humanityand#146;s 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 settlingand#151;reluctantlyand#151;for likelihood, building our beliefs on the shadowy props of probability. Chances Are is the story of manand#146;s millennia-long search for the tools to manage the recurrent but unpredictableand#151;to 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 applicationsand#151;from gamblers to military strategists to meteorologists to medical researchers, from blackjack to our own mortality.

Synopsis:

A compelling journey through history, mathematics, and philosophy, charting humanityand#146;s 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 settlingand#151;reluctantlyand#151;for likelihood, building our beliefs on the shadowy props of probability. Chances Are is the story of manand#146;s millennia-long search for the tools to manage the recurrent but unpredictableand#151;to 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 applicationsand#151;from gamblers to military strategists to meteorologists to medical researchers, from blackjack to our own mortality.

About the Author

Michael Kaplan is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who has worked for clients including governments, corporations, museums, and charities. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Ellen Kaplan is coauthor, with husband Robert Kaplan, of The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143038344
Author:
Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Kaplan, Michael
Author:
Kaplan, Ellen
Author:
Kaplan, Robert
Subject:
Applied Sciences
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
Statistics
Subject:
Mathematics | Probability and Statistics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.94x5.36x.73 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
A compelling journey through history, mathematics, and philosophy, charting humanityand#146;s 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 settlingand#151;reluctantlyand#151;for likelihood, building our beliefs on the shadowy props of probability. Chances Are is the story of manand#146;s millennia-long search for the tools to manage the recurrent but unpredictableand#151;to 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 applicationsand#151;from gamblers to military strategists to meteorologists to medical researchers, from blackjack to our own mortality.

"Synopsis" by ,
A compelling journey through history, mathematics, and philosophy, charting humanityand#146;s 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 settlingand#151;reluctantlyand#151;for likelihood, building our beliefs on the shadowy props of probability. Chances Are is the story of manand#146;s millennia-long search for the tools to manage the recurrent but unpredictableand#151;to 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 applicationsand#151;from gamblers to military strategists to meteorologists to medical researchers, from blackjack to our own mortality.

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