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Probability and Statistics: The Science of Uncertainty (History of…

by John Tabak

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An excellent book on a difficult subject. In two parts: Probability and Statistics, which please me because they are not the same subject, though related. Interesting speculation on the causes for the late arrival of the study of mathematical probability compared to, e.g., geometry. I'm reading Part I slowly since it contains actual mathematics; I more or less completed the first three chapters: "The Idea of Randomness", "The Nature of Chance", and "Surprising Insights into Probability and its Uses". Part II is a much faster read because there is no actual mathematical content, just a history of the early development of statistics.

The book is, as I have come to expect from the author, a judicious mix of historical context, motivation, and actual math. Each chapter is in itself a very satisfying read. ( )
  themulhern | Dec 25, 2014 |
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Traces the history and development of probability and statistics from its origins in the Renaissance to its twenty-first-century applications, and includes an index, chronology, glossary, and resources for further study.

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