Creating Modern Probability: Its Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy in Historical Perspective

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Cambridge University Press, 28 de gen. 1994
This is the only book to chart the history and development of modern probability theory. It shows how in the first thirty years of this century probability theory became a mathematical science. The author also traces the development of probabilistic concepts and theories in statistical and quantum physics. There are chapters dealing with chance phenomena, as well as the main mathematical theories of today, together with their foundational and philosophical problems. Among the theorists whose work is treated at some length are Kolmogorov, von Mises and de Finetti. The principal audience for the book comprises philosophers and historians of science, mathematicians concerned with probability and statistics, and physicists. The book will also interest anyone fascinated by twentieth-century scientific developments because the birth of modern probability is closely tied to the change from a determinist to an indeterminist world-view.
 

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Continguts

Introduction
1
Pathways to modern probability
27
Probability in statistical physics
71
Quantum mechanical probability and indeterminism
142
Classical embeddings of probability and chance
164
Von Mises frequentist probabilities
179
Kolmogorovs measure theoretic probabilities
198
De Finettis subjective probabilities
238
Nicole Oresme and the ergodicity of rotations
279
Bibliography
289
Index of Names
317
Index of Subjects
321
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