Cambridge University Press, 2014
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Cambridge University Press
I have written a technical narrative about probability, statistics, and statistical physics. It is not a textbook, monograph, or popularisation. Rather, these narratives are accounts of scientific investigations I have undertaken—the reasons, the experiments, the analyses, the conclusions, the interpretations—through which run common themes of randomness, chance, uncertainty, and often enough serendipity.
A narrative—a story—humanises the starkness and abstraction of physical principles. Here are some reasons why my book may interest you:
This is a book written from the perspective of a “practical physicist”, not a mathematician or statistician, with a goal of helping you understand and appreciate the interwoven tapestry of probability, statistics, and physics.
Based around a series of real-life scenarios, this engaging introduction to statistical reasoning will teach you how to apply powerful statistical, qualitative and probabilistic tools in a technical context. From analysis of electricity bills, baseball statistics, and stock market fluctuations, through to profound questions about physics of fermions and bosons, decaying nuclei, and climate change, each chapter introduces relevant physical, statistical and mathematical principles step-by-step in an engaging narrative style, helping to develop practical proficiency in the use of probability and statistical reasoning. With numerous illustrations making it easy to focus on the most important information, this insightful book is perfect for students and researchers of any discipline interested in the interwoven tapestry of probability, statistics, and physics.
In summary, this is a great book. … I particularly like the way statistics and physics are interwoven. The notation is clean and comprehensible…and not obfuscated by a lot of the pretentious notation that has contaminated many more recent books. Although it is not designed as a text, it is definitely going on my recommended reading list.
—American Journal of Physics 83 (2015) 901
I really believe that this book would be of interest to a broad public, including students, professors and researchers with a clear interest in randomness, chance, and uncertainty. Furthermore, it provides a very different perspective to statistical physics beyond the standard one…—Contemporary Physics 56 (2015) 510