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Randomness

Author: Deborah J Bennett
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.
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"This book is aimed at the trouble with trying to learn about probability. A story of the misconceptions and difficulties civilization overcame in progressing toward probabilistic thinking, Randomness is also a skillful account of what makes the science of probability so daunting in our own time." "To acquire a (correct) intuition of chance is not easy to begin with, and moving from an intuitive sense to a formal  Read more...
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Bennett, Deborah J., 1950-
Randomness.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)605399758
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah J Bennett
ISBN: 0674107454 9780674107458 9780674107465 0674107462
OCLC Number: 37675705
Description: 238 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Contents: 1. Chance encounters --
2. Why resort to chance? --
3. When the gods played dice --
4. Figuring the odds --
5. Mind games for gamblers --
6. Chance or necessity? --
7. Order in apparent chaos --
8. Wanted: random numbers --
9. Randomness as uncertainty --
10. Paradoxes in probability.
Responsibility: Deborah J. Bennett.

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"This book is aimed at the trouble with trying to learn about probability. A story of the misconceptions and difficulties civilization overcame in progressing toward probabilistic thinking, Randomness is also a skillful account of what makes the science of probability so daunting in our own time." "To acquire a (correct) intuition of chance is not easy to begin with, and moving from an intuitive sense to a formal notion of probability presents further problems. Author Deborah Bennett traces the path this process takes in an individual trying to come to grips with concepts of uncertainty and fairness, and charts the parallel course by which societies have developed ideas about randomness and determinacy."--Jacket.

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