A Philosophical Essay on Probabilities Hardcover – August 8, 2015
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Because of this unmade distinction, Laplace combines mathematical understanding of probability theory, though in words not equations, with what we moderns would call philosophy, such as the credibility of miracles.
The mathematical portions of the book are hard reading, particularly for those without a background in probability, but there is enough philosophical or practical guidance to make the book interesting—even for the non-statistician.
Moreover, the book does contain the gradual human conquest of understanding nature and society by mathematical means. Since many phenomena admit of so many causes as to be unsolvable by classical physics, probability, and later statistics, enables one to identify patterns and make predictions even without a full causal explanation. All of this is well described in the works of Ian Hacking, such as the Taming of Chance.
To read this taming in a original text by one of the founders of probability may be an acquired taste but for those interested in such subjects the book is mostly a delight. Highly recommended to all those who like to read in the history of science.
Its a shame, it would be nice to have a kindle ready version of this document. My suggestion is to go an get the same title which has been scanned in by Google.
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