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Symmetry and its Discontents
Essays on the History of Inductive Probability

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory

  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521449120

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  • This volume brings together a collection of essays on the history and philosophy of probability and statistics by an eminent scholar in these subjects. Written over the last fifteen years, they fall into three broad categories. The first deals with the use of symmetry arguments in inductive probability, in particular, their use in deriving rules of succession. The second group deals with three outstanding individuals who made lasting contributions to probability and statistics in very different ways. The last group of essays deals with the problem of "predicting the unpredictable."

    • Interweaving of history, philosophy and mathematics
    • Focus on important Cambridge personalities: Ramsey, Fisher, and Turing
    • Explains the origins of modern subjective probability
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    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521449120
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 155 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.395kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Probability:
    1. Symmetry and its discontents
    2. The rule of succession
    3. Buffon, Price, and Laplace: scientific attribution in the eighteenth century
    4. W. E. Johnson's sufficientness postulate. Part II. Personalities:
    5 Abraham De Moivre and the birth of the Central Limit Theorem
    6 Ramsey, truth, and probability
    7. R. A. Fisher on the history of inverse probability
    8. R. A. Fisher and the fiducial argument
    9. Alan Turing and the Central Limit Theorem
    Part III. Prediction:
    10. Predicting the unpredictable
    11. The continuum of inductive methods revised.

  • Author

    S. L. Zabell, Northwestern University, Illinois

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