Discussion paper on Search for Certainty

Following our various comments on Krzysztof Burdzy’s The Search for Certainty, Bayesian Analysis has now published the whole series as a discussion paper. The set of comments by Krzysztof Burdzy of my review is of course the most entertaining. (Some of its ingredients can be found in the earlier posted comments of his, as well as in comments on Andrew Gelman’s blog.) Indeed I strongly suggest reading those comments as some are genuinely hilarious. (I still do not understand, as an aside, why Krzysztof Burdzy values so highly this pretentious book by Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, which still ranks 2000th on Amazon… Or maybe the pique at my denomination of vulgarisation is another level of sarcasm!) In conclusion, I think the amount of discussion spent (so far) on Burdzy’s The Search for Certainty is a good enough reply to his question, why did Robert bother to write his review?

4 Responses to “Discussion paper on Search for Certainty”

  1. […] the past years, from those on the diverse notions of probability (Jeffreys, Keynes, von Mises, and Burdzy) to those on scientific discovery (mostly Seber‘s, and the promising Error and Inference by […]

  2. […] book, Statistical Inference, written with Andrew Gelman and Judith Rousseau, by the journals Bayesian Analysis [where I think it truly belonged, being more than a book review, an assessment of the relevance of […]

  3. I agree with Corey. GEB is a classic. I don’t understand why its ranking on Amazon is of any relevance… (Just looking at the top 100 shows how poor an indicator of quality this is!)

  4. GEB is a tour de force. Just sayin’.

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