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Chances Are . . .: Adventures in Probability Author: Michael Kaplan
Title: Chances Are . . .: Adventures in Probability
ISBN: 0143038346
ISBN13: 978-0143038344
Other Formats: mbr lit rtf lrf
Pages: 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (February 27, 2007)
Language: English
Category: Science & Math
Size PDF version: 1782 kb
Size EPUB version: 1494 kb
Subcategory: Mathematics

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 settling—reluctantly—for likelihood, building our beliefs on the shadowy props of probability. Chances Are is the story of man’s millennia-long search for the tools to manage the recurrent but unpredictable—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 applications—from gamblers to military strategists to meteorologists to medical researchers, from blackjack to our own mortality.