The Broken Dice, and Other Mathematical Tales of Chance

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University of Chicago Press, 1996 M06 15 - 183 pages
Ivar Ekeland extends his consideration of the catastrophe theory of the universe begun in his widely acclaimed Mathematics and the Unexpected, by drawing on rich literary sources, particularly the Norse saga of Saint Olaf, and such current topics as chaos theory, information theory, and particle physics.

"Ivar Ekeland gained a large and enthusiastic following with Mathematics and the Unexpected, a brilliant and charming exposition of fundamental new discoveries in the theory of dynamical systems. The Broken Dice continues the same theme, and in the same elegant, seemingly effortless style, but focuses more closely on the implications of those discoveries for the rest of human culture. What are chance and probability? How has our thinking about them been changed by the discovery of chaos? What are all of these concepts good for? . . . Ah, but, I mustn't give the game away, any more than I should if I were reviewing a detective novel. And this is just as gripping a tale. . . . Beg, borrow, or preferably buy a copy. . . . I guarantee you won't be disappointed."—Ian Stewart, Science

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In this book, Ekeland confronts some of the questions faced by people who must use probability and statistical theory. He begins each section with a tale drawn from Norse legends, the Bible, or other ... Read full review



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Ivar Ekeland is president of the Université Paris-Dauphine and founder of the Centre de recherche de mathématiques de la décision. Ekeland's other books include Mathematics and the Unexpected, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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