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Ivar Ekeland extends his consideration of the catastrophe theory of the universe begun in his widely acclaimed Mathematics and the Unexpected, by drawing on rich literary sources, particularly the Norse saga of Saint Olaf, and such current topics as chaos theory, information theory, and particle physics.

"Ivar Ekeland gained a large and enthusiastic following with Mathematics and the Unexpected, a brilliant and charming exposition of fundamental new discoveries in the theory of dynamical systems. The Broken Dice continues the same theme, and in the same elegant, seemingly effortless style, but focuses more closely on the implications of those discoveries for the rest of human culture. What are chance and probability? How has our thinking about them been changed by the discovery of chaos? What are all of these concepts good for? . . . Ah, but, I mustn't give the game away, any more than I should if I were reviewing a detective novel. And this is just as gripping a tale. . . . Beg, borrow, or preferably buy a copy. . . . I guarantee you won't be disappointed."and#8212;Ian Stewart, Science

About the Author

Ivar Ekeland is president of the Universitand#233; Paris-Dauphine and founder of the Centre de recherche de mathand#233;matiques de la dand#233;cision. Ekeland's other books include Mathematics and the Unexpected, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Prologue

1: Chance

2: Fate

3: Anticipation

4: Chaos

5: Risk

6: Statistics

Conclusion

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226199924
Translator:
Volk, Carol
Author:
Ekeland, I.
Author:
Ekeland, Ivar
Author:
Volk, Carol
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Mathematical statistics
Subject:
Probability
Subject:
Probabilities
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones, 14 line drawings
Pages:
190
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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