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Author Ambegaokar, Vinay.

Title Reasoning about luck : probability and its uses in physics / Vinay Ambegaokar.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM ERC  530.1592 AMBE    AVAILABLE
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 non-science majors at Cornell University, and differs from other treatments by its wide-ranging 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 non-science 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.)