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Tychomancy

Inferring Probability from Causal Structure

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HARDCOVER

$46.50 • £37.95 • €42.00

ISBN 9780674073111

Publication Date: 06/03/2013

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280 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

18 line illustrations

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It seems almost magical how we infer facts about objective probabilities from symmetries and other physical properties of systems. Physicists such as Maxwell have done it with stunning success; so too evolutionary biologists since Darwin, ecologists, climate scientists, astronomers, and other scientists. Strevens argues that such reasoning comes so easily to us that even babies can do it, and we don’t notice when we do it ourselves. In this remarkable and engaging book, he plays with great aplomb the roles of such scientists—as well as the role of historian of science, of cognitive psychologist, and especially of philosopher. At a time when it is fashionable to pay lip service to ‘interdisciplinarity,’ this book is the genuine article. Channel your inner tychomaniac, and read this book!—Alan Hájek, Australian National University

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