Chances Are . . .: Adventures in Probability
|Authors:||Kaplan, Michael & Kaplan, Ellen|
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|BISAC/Subject:||MAT029000, SCI003000, TEC035000|
|ISBN:||9781440684517, Related ISBNs: 0143038346, 0670034878, 1440684510, 9780143038344, 9780670034871|
|Number of pages:||336,|
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.
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