Probability: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)


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Making good decisions under conditions of uncertainty requires a sound appreciation of the way random chance works. It requires, in short, an understanding of probability. In this Very Short Introduction, John Haigh introduces the ideas of probability--and the different philosophical approaches to probability--and gives a brief account of the history of development of probability theory, from Galileo and Pascal to Bayes, Laplace, Poisson, and Markov. He describes the basic probability distributions and discusses a wide range of applications in science, economics, and a variety of other contexts such as games and betting. He concludes with an intriguing discussion of coincidences and some curious paradoxes.

About the Author

John Haigh is a mathematics tutor at the University of Sussex.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780199588480
ISBN-10: 0199588481
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: May 4th, 2012
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions