Cloth $29.00 ISBN: 9780226199917 Published November 1993
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780226199924 Published June 1996

The Broken Dice, and Other Mathematical Tales of Chance

Ivar Ekeland

The Broken Dice, and Other Mathematical Tales of Chance
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Ivar Ekeland

Translated by Carol Volk
190 pages | 2 halftones, 14 line drawings | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1993
Cloth $29.00 ISBN: 9780226199917 Published November 1993
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780226199924 Published June 1996
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
Contents
Prologue
1: Chance
2: Fate
3: Anticipation
4: Chaos
5: Risk
6: Statistics
Conclusion
Index
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