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Do Dice Play God? by Professor Ian Stewart

Do Dice Play God?

The Mathematics of Uncertainty

Professor Ian Stewart

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 6 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781788162289

Bestselling author Professor Ian Stewart explores the history and mathematics of uncertainty. Touching on gambling, probability, statistics, financial and weather forecasts, censuses, medical studies, chaos, quantum physics, and climate, he makes one thing clear: a reasonable probability is the only certainty.

3 stars out of 5
Tim Smith-Laing
10 Jun 2019

"There is, though, a lot here to enjoy and chew on – especially in the sidelong glances at climate change denial and lawyers’ misuses of statistics"

With complex discussions of topics ranging from simple problems in gambling and dice-play through to the use of probabilistic and statistical reasoning in astronomy, climate science, artificial intelligence, medical trials and law, before Stewart wades out into the even murkier waters of quantum, much here went over this non-mathematician’s frowning head... There is, though, a lot here to enjoy and chew on – especially in the sidelong glances at climate change denial and lawyers’ misuses of statistics. It is worth a read even if only to understand how complicated these things are. And perhaps, too, to remember why we might want those experts after all.

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