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978-0-691-08497-8 / 0691084971

Classical Probability in the Enlightenment

by Daston, Lorraine

Publisher:Princeton Univ Pr

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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What did it mean to be reasonable in the Age of Reason? Classical probabilists from Jakob Bernouli through Pierre Simon Laplace intended their theory as an answer to this question--as "nothing more at bottom than good sense reduced to a calculus," in Laplace's words. In terms that can be easily grasped by nonmathematicians, Lorraine Daston demonstrates how this view profoundly shaped the internal development of probability theory and defined its applications.