Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein

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during this specific exploration of the function of danger in our society, Peter Bernstein argues that the thought of bringing possibility lower than keep watch over is likely one of the vital principles that distinguishes smooth instances from the far away prior. opposed to the Gods chronicles the striking highbrow event that liberated humanity from oracles and soothsayers through the robust instruments of possibility administration which are to be had to us today.

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Time transforms risk, and the nature of risk is shaped by the time horizon: the future is the playing field. Time matters most when decisions are irreversible. And yet many irreversible decisions must be made on the basis of incomplete information. Irreversibility dominates decisions ranging all the way from taking the subway instead of a taxi, 30 to building an automobile factory in Brazil, to changing jobs, to declaring war. If we buy a stock today, we can always sell it tomorrow. ” or after a poker bet is doubled?

159. 3. , p. 150. 4. This entire paragraph is from Bolen, 1976. 41 5. Excellent background on all this may be found in David, 1962, pp. 2–21. 6. See David, 1962, p. 34. 7. Hayano, 1982. 8. Johnson, 1995. 9. See David, p. 2. 10. Sambursky, 1956, p. 36. 11. , p. 37. 12. , pp. 36–40. 13. Rabinovitch, 1969. 14. Frankfort, 1956; quoted in Heilbroner, 1995, p. 23. See also David, 1962, pp. 21–26. 15. See Eves, 1983, p. 136. 42 Chapter 2 As Easy as I, II, III Without numbers, there are no odds and no probabilities; without odds and probabilities, the only way to deal with risk is to appeal to the gods and the fates.

See Hogben, 1968, pp. 244–246. 10. From Newman, 1988a, p. 433. 11. The background material on al-Khowârizmî is primarily from Muir, 1961, and Hogben, 1968. 12. Hogben, 1968, p. 243. 13. See Hogben, 1968, Chapter VI, for an extended and stimulating discussion of the development of algebra and the uses of zero. 14. The background material on Omar Khayyam is from Fitzgerald. 15. Hogben, 1968, p. 245. 63 1200–1700: A THOUSAND OUTSTANDING FACTS 64 Chapter 3 The Renaissance Gambler Piero della Francesca, who painted the picture of the Virgin that appears on the following page (“The Brera Madonna”), lived from about 1420 to 1492, more than two hundred years after Fibonacci.

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