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

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"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."--
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subject_facet Bayesian statistical decision theory -- History, MATHEMATICS / Probability & Statistics / Bayesian Analysis, Mathematics / History & Philosophy, Methode van Bayes, Political science, SCIENCE / History, Science / History
title_display The theory that would not die : how Bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down Russian submarines, & emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy
title_full The 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_short The theory that would not die :
title_sub how bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down russian submarines, and emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy
topic_facet Bayesian statistical decision theory, History, Methode van Bayes, Political science, SCIENCE / History