Probability deals with measuring the likelihood of a particular outcome or event. Statistics is the collection, tabulation and systematic classification of data, especially for use in predicting probable future trends. Crude ideas of probability and statistics likely evolved with the earliest humans, helping them decide where to go in search of food, shelter and safety. Today's theories and methods of probability and statistics enable people to collect and analyze information relating to more complex situations than in the past, such as the prevalence or incidence of diseases among a group of people and to make decisions calculated to result in a certain outcome. "Probability and Statistics provides a detailed look at the many aspects of this branch of mathematical investigation. Covering everything from ancient games of chance played around the world and the theories of Fermat and Pascal to phrenology, the specious use of statistics and statistical methods to stop epidemics, this book offers a comprehensive look at the historical development and uses of probability and statistics. Modern applications of these ideas, the use of probability in modern safety analysis and phone networks and the use of statistics in epidemiology and actuarial science are also presented in this clearly written and illustrated reference.Tabak, John is the author of 'Probability And Statistics The Science Of Uncertainty', published 2005 under ISBN 9780816062317 and ISBN 0816062315.