From Cosmos to Chaos
The Science of Unpredictability
By (author) Peter Coles
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From Cosmos to Chaos by Peter Coles
Book DescriptionCosmology has undergone a revolution in recent years. The exciting interplay between astronomy and fundamental physics has led to dramatic revelations, including the existence of the dark matter and the dark energy that appear to dominate our cosmos. But these discoveries only reveal themselves through small effects in noisy experimental data. Dealing with such observations requires the careful application of probability and statistics. But it is not only in the arcane world of fundamental physics that probability theory plays such an important role. It has an impact in many aspects of our everyday life, from the law courts to the lottery. Why then do so few people understand probability? And why do so few people understand why it is so important for science? Why do so many people think that science is about absolute certainty when, at its core, it is actually dominated by uncertainty? This book attempts to explain the basics of probability theory, and illustrate their application across the entire spectrum of science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198567622
(223mm x 145mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Coles
Routledge Companion to the New Cosmology, Hardback (May 2015)
"First published in the United Kingdom in 1998 by Icon Books Ltd as The Icon Critical Dictionary of the New Cosmology. First published in the United States of America in 1999 by Routledge as The Routledge Critical Dictionary of the New Cosmology"--Title page verso.
From Cosmos to Chaos, Paperback (August 2010)
This book looks at the role of probability in modern science. Using the most exciting developments in fundamental physics as examples, it shows the centrality of uncertainty and incomplete knowledge. Written by an insider, and using non-technical language, it is an attempt to explain how science really works.
Cosmology, Hardback (May 2002)
This is the 2nd edition of a highly successful title, concentrating primarily on the theory behind the origin and the evolution of the universe, and where appropriate relating it to observation.
Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (August 2001)» View all books by Peter Coles
This book is a simple, non-technical introduction to cosmology, explaining what it is and what cosmologists do. Peter Coles discusses the history of the subject, the development of the Big Bang theory, and more speculative modern issues like quantum cosmology, superstrings, and dark matter.
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Author Biography - Peter Coles
I was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, where I did Natural Sciences specialising in Theoretical Physics. I moved to Sussex in 1985 and did a DPhil in Theoretical Astronomy under the supervision of Professor John D. Barrow, the famous writer. I stayed on at Sussex for two years as a PDRA, then moved to Queen Mary & Westfield College (University of London) in 1990 to take up a temporary lectureship. I was awarded a PPARC Advanced Fellowship in 1993, which I held there until 1998. Meanwhile I was appointed Lecturer-in-Waiting in 1994 and then promoted to Reader-in-Waiting in 1997. On January 1st 1999 I became the first Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Nottingham.
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