The Resource The doomsday calculation : how an equation that predicts the future is transforming everything we know about life and the universe, William Poundstone

The doomsday calculation : how an equation that predicts the future is transforming everything we know about life and the universe, William Poundstone

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The doomsday calculation : how an equation that predicts the future is transforming everything we know about life and the universe
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The doomsday calculation
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how an equation that predicts the future is transforming everything we know about life and the universe
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William Poundstone
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How an equation that predicts the future is transforming everything we know about life and the universe
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eng
Summary
In the 18th century, the British minister and mathematician Thomas Bayes devised a theorem that allowed him to assign probabilities to events that had never happened before. It languished in obscurity for centuries until computers came along and made it easy to crunch the numbers. Now, as the foundation of big data, Bayes' formula has become a linchpin of the digital economy. But here's where things get really interesting: Bayes' theorem can also be used to lay odds on the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence; on whether we live in a Matrix-like counterfeit of reality; on the "many worlds" interpretation of quantum theory being correct; and on the biggest question of all: how long will humanity survive? The Doomsday Calculation tells how Silicon Valley's profitable formula became a controversial pivot of contemporary thought. Drawing on interviews with thought leaders around the globe, it's the story of a group of intellectual mavericks who are challenging what we thought we knew about our place in the universe. The Doomsday Calculation is compelling reading for anyone interested in our culture and its future
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10783753
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Poundstone, William
Dewey number
150.1/5195
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  • illustrations
  • charts
Index
index present
LC call number
BF39.2.B39
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Bayesian statistical decision theory
  • Probabilities
  • Forecasting
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adult
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how an equation that predicts the future is transforming everything we know about life and the universe
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The doomsday calculation : how an equation that predicts the future is transforming everything we know about life and the universe, William Poundstone
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-295) and index
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text
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25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
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x, 306 pages
Isbn
9780316440707
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bl2019014194
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations, charts
Label
The doomsday calculation : how an equation that predicts the future is transforming everything we know about life and the universe, William Poundstone
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-295) 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
x, 306 pages
Isbn
9780316440707
Lccn
bl2019014194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, charts

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