Throughout history, humans engaged in games in which randomness plays a role. In the 17th century, scientists started to approach chance scientifically and to develop a theory of probability. Courgeau describes how the relationship between probability theory and social sciences emerged and evolved from the 17th century onwards. He discusses debates between scientists and the new insights they generated. Some insights were forgotten or dismissed and re-invented years later. Courgeau uses many quotations and cites original sources to show how the debates evolved over time and across disciplines.
|Journal||European Journal of Population - Revue Européenne de Population|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|