Symmetry and its Discontents

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Symmetry and its Discontents

By S. L. Zabell

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This volume brings together a collection of essays on the history and philosophy of probability and statistics by one of the eminent scholars 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 (Carnap's 'continuum of inductive methods'). The second group deals with four outstanding individuals who made lasting contributions to probability and statistics in very different ways: Frank Ramsey, R. A. Fisher, Alan Turing, and Abraham de Moivre. The last group of essays deals with the problem of 'predicting the unpredictable' - making predictions when the range of possible outcomes is unknown in advance. The essays weave together the history and philosophy of these subjects and document the fascination that they have exercised for more than three centuries.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> Science

Symmetry and its Discontents
Essays on the History of Inductive Probability
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 6/6/05
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511123582
ISBN 13: 9780511123580
Print ISBN: 9780521444705

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