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

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Cambridge University Press, 12 de gen. 1998 - 323 pàgines
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, and current major mathematical theories, together with their foundational and philosophical problems. Among the theorists whose work is treated at some length are Kolmogorov, von Mises and de Finetti.
 

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Preface page
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
to notice them
255
Nicole Oresme and the ergodicity of rotations
279
Bibliography
289
Index of Names 317
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