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

By Peter L. Bernstein

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"Ambitious and readable . . . a fascinating advent to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as actual humanists assisting to liberate mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism." -The long island Times

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during this designated exploration of the position of possibility in our society, Peter Bernstein argues that the idea of bringing chance less than keep watch over is without doubt one of the crucial principles that distinguishes sleek occasions from the far-off earlier. opposed to the Gods chronicles the impressive highbrow experience that liberated humanity from oracles and soothsayers by way of the strong instruments of probability administration which are on hand to us today.

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People would have to learn to recognize man-made risks and acquire the courage to do battle with the fates before they would accept the techniques of taming risk. That acceptance was still at least two hundred years in the future. 50 We can appreciate the full measure of Fibonacci’s achievement only by looking back to the era before he explained how to tell the difference between 10 and 100. Yet even there we shall discover some remarkable innovators. Primitive people like the Neanderthals knew how to tally, but they had few things that required tallying.

Primitive people like the Neanderthals knew how to tally, but they had few things that required tallying. They marked the passage of days on a stone or a log and kept track of the number of animals they killed. The sun kept time for them, and five minutes or a half-hour either way hardly mattered. The first systematic efforts to measure and count were undertaken some ten thousand years before the birth of Christ. 3 It was then that humans settled down to grow food in the valleys washed by such great rivers as the Tigris and the Euphrates, the Nile, the Indus, the Yangtse, the Mississippi, and the Amazon.

Construction of an equiangular spiral using Fibonacci proportions. Begin with a 1-unit square, attach another 1-unit square, then a 2-unit square then a 2-unit square where it fits, followed by a 3-unit square where it fits and, continuing in the same 48 direction, attach squares of 5, 8, 13, 21, and 34 units and so on. O. ) 49 This familiar-looking spiral appears in the shape of certain galaxies, in a ram’s horn, in many seashells, and in the coil of the ocean waves that surfers ride. The structure maintains its form without change as it is made larger and larger and regardless of the size of the initial square with which the process is launched: form is independent of growth.

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