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The Emergence of Probability - (Cambridge Series on Statistical & Probabilistic Mathematics) 2 Edition

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Edition: 2 Edition

Number of Pages: 209

Genre: Mathematics

Sub-Genre: Probability & Statistics

Series Title: Cambridge Series on Statistical & Probabilistic Mathematics

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: General

Author: Ian Hacking

Language: English

TCIN: 77733030
UPC: 9780521685573
Item Number (DPCI): 247-61-1752


Historical records show that there was no real concept of probability in Europe before the mid-seventeenth century, although the use of dice and other randomizing objects was commonplace. Ian Hacking presents a philosophical critique of early ideas about probability, induction, and statistical inference and the growth of this new family of ideas in the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. Hacking invokes a wide intellectual framework involving the growth of science, economics, and the theology of the period. He argues that the transformations that made it possible for probability concepts to emerge have constrained all subsequent development of probability theory and determine the space within which philosophical debate on the subject is still conducted. First published in 1975, this edition includes an introduction that contextualizes his book in light of developing philosophical trends. Ian Hacking is the winner of the Holberg International Memorial Prize 2009.
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