- Nov 5, 1995
- 7.75 x 10 in.
- 3 figures
What did it mean to be reasonable in the Age of Reason? Classical probabilists from Jakob Bernouli through Pierre Simon Laplace intended their theory as an answer to this question — as “nothing more at bottom than good sense reduced to a calculus,” in Laplace’s words. In terms that can be easily grasped by nonmathematicians, Lorraine Daston demonstrates how this view profoundly shaped the internal development of probability theory and defined its applications.
Awards and Recognition
- Winner of the 1989 Pfizer Most Outstanding Book Award of the History of Science Society