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The Resource 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, & emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

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The theory that would not die : how Bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down Russian submarines, & emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy
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The theory that would not die
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how Bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down Russian submarines, & emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy
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Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
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eng
Summary
"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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McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch
Dewey number
519.5/42
Index
index present
LC call number
QA279.5
LC item number
.M415 2011
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Bayesian statistical decision theory
  • SCIENCE / History
  • MATHEMATICS / History & Philosophy
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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
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-306) and index
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Contents
Enlightenment and the anti-Bayesian reaction. Causes in the air ; The man who did everything ; Many doubts, few defenders -- Second World War era. Bayes goes to war ; Dead and buried again -- The glorious revival. Arthur Bailey ; From tool to theology ; Jerome Cornfield, lung cancer, and heart attacks ; There's always a first time ; 46,656 varieties -- To prove its worth. Business decisions ; Who wrote The Federalist? The cold warrior ; Three Mile Island ; The Navy searches -- Victory. Eureka! ; Rosetta stones -- Appendixes. Dr. Fisher's casebook ; Applying Baye's Rule to mammograms and breast cancer
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ocm670481486
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 320 pages
Isbn
9780300169690
Lccn
2010045037
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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  • (OCoLC)670481486
  • (Sirsi) a1082519
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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
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-306) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Enlightenment and the anti-Bayesian reaction. Causes in the air ; The man who did everything ; Many doubts, few defenders -- Second World War era. Bayes goes to war ; Dead and buried again -- The glorious revival. Arthur Bailey ; From tool to theology ; Jerome Cornfield, lung cancer, and heart attacks ; There's always a first time ; 46,656 varieties -- To prove its worth. Business decisions ; Who wrote The Federalist? The cold warrior ; Three Mile Island ; The Navy searches -- Victory. Eureka! ; Rosetta stones -- Appendixes. Dr. Fisher's casebook ; Applying Baye's Rule to mammograms and breast cancer
Control code
ocm670481486
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 320 pages
Isbn
9780300169690
Lccn
2010045037
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)670481486
  • (Sirsi) a1082519

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