By Peter L. Bernstein
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"Ambitious and readable . . . an enticing creation to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as real humanists assisting to unlock mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism." -The manhattan Times
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during this precise exploration of the position of chance in our society, Peter Bernstein argues that the thought of bringing threat lower than keep watch over is without doubt one of the imperative rules that distinguishes sleek occasions from the far away previous. opposed to the Gods chronicles the extraordinary highbrow event that liberated humanity from oracles and soothsayers via the strong instruments of probability administration which are on hand to us today.
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