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From Cosmos to Chaos: The Science of Unpredictability

By: Peter Coles

224 pages, 20 b/w illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Aug 2010 | #186725 | ISBN-13: 9780199588145
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About this book

Cosmology has undergone a revolution in recent years. The exciting interplay between astronomy and fundamental physics has led to dramatic revelations, including the existence of the dark matter and the dark energy that appear to dominate the cosmos. But these discoveries only reveal themselves through small effects in noisy experimental data. Dealing with such observations requires the careful application of probability and statistics.

This book attempts to explain the basics of probability theory, and illustrate their application across the entire spectrum of science.

."..the book provides a truly enjoyable overview of the role of probability in science, as well as in everyday life. It is aimed essentially at non-specialist readers, but even those who are familiar with its contents will enjoy the stimulating presentation." -- Nature

."..refreshingly opinionated writing..." -- Times Literary Supplement

."..[a] very readable book" -- Zentralblatt Math


1. Probable Nature; 2. The Logic of Uncertainty; 3. Lies, Damned Lies, and Astronomy; 4. Bayesians Versus Frequentists; 5. Randomness; 6. From Engines and Entropy; 7. Quantum Roulette; 8. Believing the Big Bang; 9. Cosmos and Its Discontents; 10. Life, the Universe and Everything; 11. Summing Up

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