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By Andrew H. Thomas

ISBN-10: 1542749670

ISBN-13: 9781542749671

The solutions to the massive questions: Are the legislation of physics fine-tuned for all times? Are we by myself within the universe? Why is gravity so susceptible? How am i able to expect the winner of each horse race?

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Download e-book for iPad: The Fine-Tuned Universe by Andrew H. Thomas

The solutions to the massive questions: Are the legislation of physics fine-tuned for all times? Are we by myself within the universe? Why is gravity so vulnerable? How am i able to expect the winner of each horse race?
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If we consider police records of every murderer who committed their crime using a gun, we might find that in 95% of those cases a gun was later found in the house of the murderer. 95 that a murderer will have a gun in their house. Now let us consider the inverse probability: what is the probability that if we find a gun in a house, then the owner will be a murderer? Our first thought might be that the probability in the reverse direction would be the same as in the forward direction, and therefore suggest that there is a 95% chance that the owner will be a murderer.

S. military think-tank RAND used Bayesian techniques to calculate the probability of a thermonuclear device exploding accidentally (answer: it's a worryingly large probability). The designers of Google's self-driving car are using Bayes' theorem to recognise objects and make decisions.  [5] In fact, in almost every place where a decision must be made on the basis of statistical data, you will now find Bayes' theorem being used. Bayes' theorem has proved itself to be so useful and permeates so many aspects of our lives that it may be surprising to hear that until quite recently — the second half of the twentieth century — Bayes' theorem was treated with mistrust and even revulsion by most statisticians.

When General Eisenhower — the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe — received the decoded message from Colossus, he announced "We go tomorrow". That was to be the morning of June 6th 1944, which was to become better known as D-Day. Eisenhower later estimated that the Bletchley Park codebreakers shortened the war by at least two years. The story of Alan Turing's attempt to break the Enigma code was dramatised in the movie The Imitation Game. The movie featured a splendid Oscar-nominated performance by Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.

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