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Feb 27, 2007
| ISBN 9780143038344
Feb 27, 2007
| ISBN 9781440684517
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Feb 27, 2007 | ISBN 9780143038344
Feb 27, 2007 | ISBN 9781440684517
A compelling journey through history, mathematics, and philosophy, charting humanitys struggle against randomness
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.
Michael Kaplan is the author of the critically-acclaimed Betty Bunny series, creator of Dog With a Blog on the Disney Channel, and… More about Michael Kaplan
Ellen Kaplan trained as a classical archaeologist and has taught math, biology, Greek, Latin, and history.She and her husband, Robert,… More about Ellen Kaplan
[Michael and Ellen Kaplan] have hit on a great subject, and they explore it, down through the centuries and across the globe, with an enthusiasm that borders on glee. . . . A dizzying, exhilarating ride. (William Grimes, The New York Times)
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