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  • The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    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. Sharon Bertsch McGrayne here explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it.

    Lynn says: "Read Up on Baye's Before Reading"
    "Fun read, but no depth (if you're a math nerd)"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are looking to hear the math behind how Bayes' Rule did the things it did, you'll come away disappointed. However, this is an entertaining history of how this theorem formed the basis for much of the successes of applied mathematics and statistics over the last 100 years.Learning many of the details of the personal lives / personalities of the some of the founding fathers of modern statistics (Fisher, Pearson, et al) and their battles over the use of this rule was one highlight of this book.


    What aspect of Laural Merlington’s performance would you have changed?

    Ms Merlingtons' performance was solid...very listenable especially given a relatively dry topic.


    Was The Theory That Would Not Die worth the listening time?

    Yes, very definitely.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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