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From Cosmos to ChaosThe Science of Unpredictability$
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Peter Coles

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567622

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567622.001.0001

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From Cosmos to Chaos

Peter Coles (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

In recent years, cosmology has been revolutionised by great advances in observational technology that have sparked a data explosion. This book examines probability and its role in our understanding of the world around us. Cosmology has always been about probability and statistics, even in the days when there was very little data. There is also a nice parallel between cosmology and forensic science. This book explores why it is so important to understand about probability in order to understand how science works and what it means, looking at the physical sciences, including such esoteric topics as thermodynamics, chaos theory, life on other worlds, and quantum theory, and how they involve, or relate to, the concept of probability.

Keywords:   probability, cosmology, statistics, science, thermodynamics, chaos theory, quantum theory

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