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Re:[apstat] Book on probability
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Aug 1, 2012 6:52 PM


Sorry, I guess I forgot to include the request. To repeat, this is a question from a Mensan book lovers site. I was hoping to get some good answers. Thanks in advance. Here it is: Can anyone recommend me some good introductory books on probability theory? I'm looking for something that's more of an overview, but less in the style of a textbook. It's alright if it's technical, as long as it is not of a highly technical and abstruse nature.
A recap of the books I have read: one book was highly philosophical  incorporating a "modal ontology" (in particular, a view of probability based on S5 modal logic) while not having much mathematical insight. In fact, he did not give a definition of what probability was, insisting that its nature would be elucidated in practice. But I fail to see how a view of the properties of probability based on a quantification over possible worlds could be consistent with scientific practice. For example, if we wanted to talk about the random probability of a radioactive decay process, it would seem ridiculous for a scientist to respond: "well...that depends on what world we are talking about."
A better philosophical book on probability is "Philosophical Theories of Probability" by Donald Gillies. A good book on general probability from a Bayesian perspective is "Probability  The Logic of Science" by Jaynes. At the moment, I am primarily searching for books on mathematical probability theory, and not on probability interpretations, but any suggestions are welcome.
Regards,
F. Aiello
 On Wed, 8/1/12, David Quatrone <popestcyril@yahoo.com> wrote:
From: David Quatrone <popestcyril@yahoo.com> Subject: Book on probability To: "AP Statistics" <apstat@lyris.collegeboard.com> Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 2:06 PM
Below is a post from a Mensan Book Lovers site I am on. Does anyone have a good suggestion? Thanks in advance, Cyril Frequently asked questions(FAQ) http://mrmathman.com/faq List Archives from 1994: http://mathforum.org/kb/forum.jspa?forumID=67 apstat resources: http://apstatsmonkey.com  To search the list archives for previous posts go to http://lyris.collegeboard.com/read/?forum=apstat To unsubscribe click here: http://lyris.collegeboard.com/read/my_forums/ To change your subscription address or other settings click here: http://lyris.collegeboard.com/read/my_account/edit



