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The Book Of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

Judea Pearl & Dana Mackenzie.
Item #: D13441
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 432 / 2018
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465097609
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Scientists and philosophers spent a century arguing over correlation and causality, but Judea Pearl makes a major effort here to put the study of cause and effect on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things (was it rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet) and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Nothing is off limits, and so Pearl tackles the Bayes Theorem, the Monty Hall Problem, and the Lord Paradox, while finding a philosophical way of proving that cigarettes can cause cancer and pondering the misleading question, "Would Kennedy be alive if Oswald hadn't killed him?"

 

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