Physics for future Presidents

Study Aids and Handouts

  1. Here are some notes I wrote on how I plan to organize my lectures.
  2. Chapter 3 in the book starts with the statement that there are two different "philosophies" in the field of probability theory and statistics: Frequentist and Bayesian. The book of course cannot delve into this in any greater detail, and hence the distinction might remain a bit mysterious. If you want to learn more about this, an interesting point to start might be the first 40 minutes of a talk by Michael Jordan, which you can find here. Especially illuminating are the three slides entitled "Decision-Theoretic Perspective". Another interesting source is the article by Bradley Efron entitled "Modern Science and the Bayesian-Frequentist Controversy", which—just like the talk by Jordan—takes a pleasingly synthetic point of view.