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The Challenge of Chance

A Multidisciplinary Approach from Science and the Humanities

Editors: Landsman, Klaas, van Wolde, Ellen (Eds.)

  • Illuminates the diverse roles of, and attitudes to chance over the full spectrum of scholarly disciplines
  • Asks the fundamental question of when and whether chance is an unavoidable part of nature as opposed to a reflection of our ignorance
  • Will help researchers in many fields to recognize and deal with the effects of chance and randomness in their domain
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About this book

This book presents a multidisciplinary perspective on chance, with contributions from distinguished researchers in the areas of biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, genetics, general history, law, linguistics, logic, mathematical physics, statistics, theology and philosophy. The individual chapters are bound together by a general introduction followed by an opening chapter that surveys 2500 years of linguistic, philosophical, and scientific reflections on chance, coincidence, fortune, randomness, luck and related concepts.

A main conclusion that can be drawn is that, even after all this time, we still cannot be sure whether chance is a truly fundamental and irreducible phenomenon, in that certain events are simply uncaused and could have been otherwise, or whether it is always simply a reflection of our ignorance. Other challenges that emerge from this book include a better understanding of the contextuality and perspectival character of chance (including its scale-dependence), and the curious fact that, throughout history (including contemporary science), chance has been used both as an explanation and as a hallmark of the absence of explanation. As such, this book challenges the reader to think about chance in a new way and to come to grips with this endlessly fascinating phenomenon.

About the authors

Klaas Landsman (1963) obtained his PhD in Theoretical High-Energy Physics from the University of Amsterdam in 1989 and was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge from 1989-1997. He has been a Full Professor of Mathematical Physics since 2001, currently holding this chair at Radboud University.

Ellen van Wolde (1954) studied in Nijmegen, Rome and Bologna. She was Full Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Tilburg (1992-2008), and since 2009 she has held the chair of Textual Sources of Judaism and Christianity at Radboud University. She is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and is a member of its Executive Board.



Reviews

“This collection discusses the nature of chance, randomness, accident, and related concepts from a variety of scientific and humanistic perspectives. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; researchers and faculty.” (J. D. Martin, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Landsman, Klaas (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Conceptual and Historical Reflections on Chance (and Related Concepts)

    Lüthy, Christoph H. (et al.)

    Pages 9-47

  • The Mathematical Foundations of Randomness

    Terwijn, Sebastiaan A.

    Pages 49-66

  • Randomness and the Madness of Crowds

    Weitzel, Utz (et al.)

    Pages 67-89

  • Randomness and the Games of Science

    Goeman, Jelle J.

    Pages 91-109

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Challenge of Chance
Book Subtitle
A Multidisciplinary Approach from Science and the Humanities
Editors
  • Klaas Landsman
  • Ellen van Wolde
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-26300-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-26300-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-26298-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79924-7
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 276
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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