Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms

The concept of chance was once a mystery, but in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed it into the field of probability, paving the way for a string of innovations that enabled or revolutionized countless industries, ranging from gambling to mathematics to statistics, economics, and finance to physics and computer science. This book discusses ten brilliant theories about chance, along with the intellectuals who produced them. Ten Great Ideas about Chance is sure to be a favorite with everyone who wants to comprehend the mysteries of probability and how they were found, complete with a brief probability refresher.