‘The Theory That Would Not Die’ by Sharon Bertsch Mcgrayne

‘History, Stories, Not Examples’

Score: 3/5

If you want a book about the history and uses of Bayes’ Theorem, then this is for you. There’s less about the Theorem itself than I’d expected - for some reason I thought the book would open with an introduction to the Theorem, descriptions of the variables in the formulae, and some simple examples showing it working in practice.

The Theorem is described, sortof, the variables are described too, but none of that is really a focus. The focus is really on the history of the Theorem through the years, why folks didn’t use it, why folks used it but didn’t talk about it, and finally why folks are using it.

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