Event Detail

Wed Nov 28, 2007
Dennes Room, 6–8 PM
First in a series of three talks.
Working Group in the History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science
Terrence Fine (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University)
Must Probability be Numerical? Part I: Introducing and Expanding Upon the Question

The first colloquium, “Introducing and Expanding Upon the Question,” will elaborate on the meaning of the title question and present arguments as to why additive numerical probability is unlikely to be universally applicable. Perspectives will be developed from the historical origins of the concept, the maturation of probabilistic reasoning, and a consideration of the wide variety of important meanings (interpretations) that this one mathematical concept of probability is expected to support. The first colloquium will close with a quick sketch of several mathematical alternative representations of probability.