Interpreting probability : controversies and developments in the early twentieth century [E-Book] / David Howie.
Howie, David, (author)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002
1 online resource (xi, 262 pages)
englisch
9780521812511
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Cambridge studies in probability, induction and decision theory
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Table of Contents:
  • The meaning of probability
  • The history of probability
  • Scope of this book
  • Methods and argument
  • Synopsis and aims
  • Probability up to the Twentieth Century
  • Early applications of the probability calculus
  • Resistance to the calculation of uncertainty
  • The doctrine of chances
  • Inverse probability
  • Laplacean probability
  • The eclipse of Laplacean probability
  • Social statistics
  • The rise of the frequency interpretation of probability
  • Opposition to social statistics and probabilistic methods
  • Probability theory in the sciences: evolution and biometrics
  • The interpretation of probability around the end of the nineteenth century
  • R.A. Fisher and Statistical Probability
  • R.A. Fisher's early years
  • Evolution
  • the biometricians versus the Mendelians
  • Fisher's early work
  • The clash with Pearson
  • Fisher's rejection of inverse probability
  • Fisher's new version of probability
  • The papers of 1921 and 1922
  • The Pearson-Fisher feud
  • The move to Rothamsted: experimental design
  • The position in 1925
  • Statistical Methods for Research Workers
  • The development of fiducial probability
  • Fisher's position in 1932
  • Harold Jeffreys and Inverse Probability
  • Jeffreys's background and early career
  • The Meteorological Office
  • Dorothy Wrinch
  • Broad's 1918 paper
  • Wrinch and Jeffreys tackle probability
  • After the first paper
  • General relativity
  • The Oppau explosion
  • New work on probability
  • John Maynard Keynes
  • Other factors
  • Probability theory extended.