Against the Gods

Against the Gods

The Remarkable Story of Risk

Book - 1998
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With the stock market breaking records almost daily, leaving longtime market analysts shaking their heads and revising their forecasts, a study of the concept of risk seems quite timely. Peter Bernstein has written a comprehensive history of man's efforts to understand risk and probability, beginning with early gamblers in ancient Greece, continuing through the 17th-century French mathematicians Pascal and Fermat and up to modern chaos theory. Along the way he demonstrates that understanding risk underlies everything from game theory to bridge-building to winemaking.
Publisher: New York : Wiley, c1998.
ISBN: 9780471295631
0471295639
Branch Call Number: 368.009 BERNSTEI
Characteristics: xi, 383 pages ; 23 cm.

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trottel
Jul 23, 2015

An excellent introduction to basic probability for the layman.

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vmacneil
Dec 12, 2009

A very enjoyable look at how the evolution of a single abstract idea was as important to our development as the evolution of any technology.

The historical overview of the development of the concept of risk and the various applications of that idea is informative and entertaining. A very worthwhile read.

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