Bayes’ rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. In the first-ever account of Bayes’ rule for general readers, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it. She traces its
Part 2 of 4 of the scientific method, encompassing obser… More by an amateur mathematician in the 1740s through its development into roughly its modern form by French scientist Pierre Simon Laplace. She reveals why respected statisticians rendered it professionally taboo for 150 years—at the same time that practitioners relied on it to solve crises involving great uncertainty and scanty information, even breaking Germany’s Enigma code during World War II, and explains how the advent of off-the-shelf computer Science in the domain of the man-made world More in the 1980s proved to be a game-changer. Today, Bayes’ rule is used every where from DNA de-coding to Homeland Security. Drawing on primary source material and interviews with statisticians and other scientists, The Theory That Would Not Die is the riveting account of how a seemingly simple theorem ignited one of the greatest controversies of all time. —Provided by publisher.
There were five near-fatal deaths to Bayes theory.
- Bayes had shelved it;
- Price published it but was ignored;
- Laplace discovered his own version but later favored frequency theory;
- Frequentists virtually banned it; and
- The military kept it secret.
Let’s start with the truth!