Physical description 
xv, 231 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 201) and index. 
Contents 
1. Introduction  2. The likely, the unlikely, and the incomprehensible  3. Normality and large numbers  4. Examples  5. A little mathematics  6. Forces, motion, and energy  7. Atoms, molecules, and molecular motion  8. Disorder, entropy, energy, and temperature  9. Heat, work, and putting heat to work  10. Fluctuations and the arrow of time  11. Chaos  12. Quantum jumps: the ultimate gamble. 
Summary 
This book introduces the reader to statistical reasoning and its use in physics. It is based on a course developed for nonscience majors at Cornell University, and differs from other treatments by its wideranging use of quantitative methods, which are built up in a constructive way and assume only that the reader can add, subtract, multiply, and divide with confidence. The main application for this volume will be as a text for nonscience students. However, the originality of the ideas and approach will also make this a valuable book for a public ranging from physics undergraduates to general readers. 
Subject 
Statistical physics.


Probability measures.

ISBN 
0521442176 (hc) 

0521447372 (pbk.) 
