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    DescriptionBayes' 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 one hundred and fifty 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 decoding 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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    Title
    The Theory That Would Not Die (Library Edition)
    Subtitle
    How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, Narrator Laural Merlington
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452636856
    ISBN 10: 1452636850
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: MAT
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PB
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    LC classification: QA
    Abridged Dewey: 500
    B&T Approval Code: A51050000, A51150000
    BISAC V2.8: MAT029000, MAT015000
    DC21: 519.542
    DC22: 519.542
    BISAC V2.8: MAT029010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 56200
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    30 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Sharon Bertsch McGrayne is the author of several critically-acclaimed books about scientific discoveries, including "Prometheans in the Lab," "Nobel Prize Women in Science," and "Blue Genes and Polyester Plants." Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks.
    Review quote
    "If you are not thinking like a Bayesian, perhaps you should be." ---New York Times Book Review