The theory that would not die: how bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down russian submarines, and emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
"Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. In the first-ever account of Bayes' rule for general readers, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it. She traces its discovery by an amateur mathematician in the 1740s through its development into roughly its modern form by French scientist Pierre Simon Laplace. She reveals why respected statisticians rendered it professionally taboo for 150 years--at the same time that practitioners relied on it to solve crises involving great uncertainty and scanty information, even breaking Germany's Enigma code during World War II, and explains how the advent of off-the-shelf computer technology in the 1980s proved to be a game-changer. Today, Bayes' rule is used everywhere from DNA de-coding to Homeland Security. Drawing on primary source material and interviews with statisticians and other scientists, The Theory That Would Not Die is the riveting account of how a seemingly simple theorem ignited one of the greatest controversies of all time."--
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
Contributors:
ISBN:
9780300188226
9781452626857
9780300169690
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID84ba8c81-73a1-cdb2-8139-2b280d4c3b46
Grouping Titletheory that would not die how bayes rule cracked the enigma code hunted down russian submarines and
Grouping Authormcgrayne sharon bertsch
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-10-04 20:02:02PM
Last Indexed2019-11-17 03:17:10AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
auth_author2Merlington, Laural.
authorMcGrayne, Sharon Bertsch.
author2-roleMerlington, Laural.|Narrator
hoopla digital.
author_displayMcGrayne, Sharon Bertsch
available_at_catalogCommerce City
detailed_location_catalogCommerce City - Adult Nonfiction
display_description"Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. In the first-ever account of Bayes' rule for general readers, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it. She traces its discovery by an amateur mathematician in the 1740s through its development into roughly its modern form by French scientist Pierre Simon Laplace. She reveals why respected statisticians rendered it professionally taboo for 150 years--at the same time that practitioners relied on it to solve crises involving great uncertainty and scanty information, even breaking Germany's Enigma code during World War II, and explains how the advent of off-the-shelf computer technology in the 1980s proved to be a game-changer. Today, Bayes' rule is used everywhere from DNA de-coding to Homeland Security. Drawing on primary source material and interviews with statisticians and other scientists, The Theory That Would Not Die is the riveting account of how a seemingly simple theorem ignited one of the greatest controversies of all time."--
format_catalogBook
eAudiobook
format_category_catalogAudio Books
Books
eBook
id84ba8c81-73a1-cdb2-8139-2b280d4c3b46
isbn9780300169690
9780300188226
9781452626857
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:9067481236104Commerce City - Adult NonfictionMATH iBookBooks1falsefalseOn Shelfcc
hoopla:MWT11322728Online Hoopla CollectionOnline HooplaeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueHooplahttps://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11322728?utm_source=MARCAvailable Online
last_indexed2019-11-17T10:17:10.738Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_catalogMATH i
owning_library_catalogAll Anythink Libraries
owning_location_catalogCommerce City
primary_isbn9780300188226
publishDate2011
2012
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:906748BookBooksEnglishYale University Press, [2011]xvi, 336 pages ; 24 cm.
hoopla:MWT11322728eAudiobookAudio BooksUnabridged.EnglishTantor Audio, 2012.1 online resource (1 audio file (720 min.)) : digital.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:9067481236104On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
hoopla:MWT11322728Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
subject_facetBayesian statistical decision theory -- History
MATHEMATICS / Probability & Statistics / Bayesian Analysis
Mathematics / History & Philosophy
Methode van Bayes
Political science
SCIENCE / History
Science / History
title_displayThe theory that would not die : how Bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down Russian submarines, & emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy
title_fullThe theory that would not die : how Bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down Russian submarines, & emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy / Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
The theory that would not die : how bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down russian submarines, and emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy [electronic resource] / Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
title_shortThe theory that would not die
title_subhow bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down russian submarines, and emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy
topic_facetBayesian statistical decision theory
History
Methode van Bayes
Political science
SCIENCE / History