The Taming of Chance (Ideas in Context #17) (Paperback)

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In this important new study Ian Hacking continues the enquiry into the origins and development of certain characteristic modes of contemporary thought undertaken in such previous works as his best selling Emergence of Probability. Professor Hacking shows how by the late nineteenth century it became possible to think of statistical patterns as explanatory in themselves, and to regard the world as not necessarily deterministic in character. Combining detailed scientific historical research with characteristic philosophic breath and verve, The Taming of Chance brings out the relations among philosophy, the physical sciences, mathematics and the development of social institutions, and provides a unique and authoritative analysis of the probabilization of the Western world.

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ISBN: 9780521388849
ISBN-10: 0521388848
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: January 11th, 1990
Pages: 282
Language: English
Series: Ideas in Context