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Preface; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Bernoulli trials; 3. The standard random walk; 4. The standard random walk in higher dimensions; 5. LLN, CLT, iterated log, and arcsine in general; 6. Brownian motion; 7. Markov chains; 8. The ergodic theorem; 9. Communication over a noisy channel; 10. Equilibrium statistical mechanics; 11. Statistical mechanics out of equilibrium; 12. Random matrices; Bibliography; Index.

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A leading authority sheds light on a variety of interesting topics in which probability theory plays a key role.

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Henry McKean is a professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and in 2007 he received the Leroy P. Steele Prize for his life's work.

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'... packs a great deal of material into a moderate-sized book, starting with a synopsis of measure theory and ending with a taste of current research into random matrices and number theory. The book ranges more widely than the title might suggest ... There are numerous exercises sprinkled throughout the book. Most of these are exhortations to fill in details left out of the main discussion or illustrative examples. The exercises are a natural part of the book, unlike the exercises in so many books that were apparently grafted on after-the-fact at a publisher's insistence. McKean has worked in probability and related areas since obtaining his PhD under William Feller in 1955. His book contains invaluable insights from a long career.' John D. Cook, MAA Reviews
"... packs a great deal of material into a moderate-sized book, starting with a synopsis of measure theory and ending with a taste of current research into random matrices and number theory. The book ranges more widely than the title might suggest ... There are numerous exercises sprinkled throughout the book. Most of these are exhortations to fill in details left out of the main discussion or illustrative examples. The exercises are a natural part of the book, unlike the exercises in so many books that were apparently grafted on after-the-fact at a publisher's insistence. McKean has worked in probability and related areas since obtaining his PhD under William Feller in 1955. His book contains invaluable insights from a long career." John D. Cook, MAA Reviews

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