An independent bookshop in Knaresborough, North Yorkhire selling new books in store and online. Free delivery to UK.

The Unfinished Game

The Unfinished Game
Our Price: £13.30
Quantity:
Normal Price: £14.99
You Save: £1.69
% Saved: 11.27%

The Unfinished Game by Keith Devlin. Before the mid-seventeenth century, scholars generally agreed that it was impossible to predict something by calculating mathematical outcomes. One simply could not put a numerical value on the likelihood that a particular event would occur. Even the outcome of something as simple as a dice roll or the likelihood of showers instead of sunshine was thought to lie in the realm of pure, unknowable chance.

The issue remained intractable until Blaise Pascal wrote to Pierre de Fermat in 1654, outlining a solution to the unfinished game problem: how do you divide the pot when players are forced to end a game of dice before someone has won? The idea turned out to be far more seminal than Pascal realized. From it, the two men developed the method known today as probability theory. In The Unfinished Game, mathematician and NPR commentator Keith Devlin tells the story of this correspondence and its remarkable impact on the modern world: from insurance rates, to housing and job markets, to the safety of cars and planes, calculating probabilities allowed people, for the first time, to think rationally about how future events might unfold.

Product Options

Author:
Keith Devlin

ISBN:
9780465009107

Format:
Hardback

Customer Reviews

There are currently no reviews for this book. Be the first to review by clicking below!


Review this book...