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Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty

Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty (Hardback)

By Stewart, Ian
Read by Vance, Simon

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A celebrated mathematician explores how math helps us make sense of an unpredictable world We would like to believe we can know things for certain. We want to be able to figure out who will win an election, if the stock market will crash, or if a suspect definitely committed a cr...ime. But the odds are not in our favor. Life is full of uncertainty --- indeed, scientific advances indicate that the universe might be fundamentally inexact --- and humans are terrible at guessing. When asked to predict the outcome of a chance event, we are almost always wrong. Thankfully, there is hope. As award-winning mathematician Ian Stewart reveals, over the course of history, mathematics has given us some of the tools we need to better manage the uncertainty that pervades our lives. From forecasting, to medical research, to figuring out how to win Let's Make a Deal, Do Dice Play God? is a surprising and satisfying tour of what we can know, and what we never will.
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ISBN 9781541699472
Released NZ 3 Sep 2019
Publisher Basic Books
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781541699472
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Basic Books
Imprint Basic Books
Released 3 Sep 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stewart, Ian
Read by Vance, Simon
Category Cybernetics & Systems Theory
Calculus & Mathematical Analysis
Differential Equations
Applied Mathematics
Chaos Theory
Scientific Standards
History Of Science
Classical Mechanics (Physics)
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 519.2
Weight 431g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Chaotic behavior in systems, Probabilities
NBS Text Mathematics
ONIX Text General/trade