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What Is Random?

Chance and Order in Mathematics and Life

Authors: Beltrami, Edward

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This book is intended to provoke, entertain, and inform by challenging the reader's ideas about randomness, providing first one and then another interpretation of what this elusive concept means. As the book progresses, the author teases out the various threads and shows how mathematics, communication engineering, computer science, philosophy, physics, and psychology all contribute to the discourse by illuminating different facets of the same idea.
The material in this book should be readily accessible to anyone with experience in undergraduate mathematics, no calculus needed. Three appendices provide some of the background information regarding binary representations and logarithms that are needed. Although an effort is made to justify most statements of a mathematical nature, a few are presented without corroboration, since they entail close-knit arguments that would detract from the main ideas. Readers can safely bypass the details without any loss, and in any case, the fine points are available in the technical notes assembled at the end.

       
                            

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • The Taming of Chance

    Pages 1-34

    Beltrami, Edward

  • Uncertainty and Information

    Pages 35-64

    Beltrami, Edward

  • Janus-Faced Randomness

    Pages 65-90

    Beltrami, Edward

  • Algorithms, Information, and Chance

    Pages 91-116

    Beltrami, Edward

  • The Edge of Randomness

    Pages 117-144

    Beltrami, Edward

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What Is Random?
Book Subtitle
Chance and Order in Mathematics and Life
Authors
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-1472-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-1472-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-98737-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-7156-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 201
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