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From cosmos to chaos : the science of unpredictability

Author: Peter Coles
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Looking at the role of probability in modern science, this book explains the importance of the need to deal with uncertainty and incomplete knowledge. It also covers developments in physics such as superstrings and dark energy, and draws lessons for everyday life.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Coles, Peter.
From cosmos to chaos.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2006003279
(OCoLC)64065801
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Coles
ISBN: 9781429492645 1429492643
OCLC Number: 171033484
Description: 1 online resource (216 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Probable nature --
The logic of uncertainty --
Lies, damned lies, and astronomy --
Bayesians versus frequentists --
Randomness --
From engines to entropy --
Quantum roulette --
Believing the big bang --
Cosmos and its discontents --
Life, the universe and everything --
Summing up.
Responsibility: Peter Coles.

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