The buildup to Jaynes?

byCapla4y28th Dec 201422 comments

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Not too long ago, I asked LessWrong which math topics to learn. Eventually, I want to ask for what the prerequisites for each of those topics are and how I should go about learning them. This is a special case of that.

I'm rereading the sequences and Eliezer seems to love E.T. Jaynes. As part of my rationality self-study, I want to work my way through his Probability Theory: the Logic of Science. What math topics do I already need to understand to prepare myself for this? I learned calculus once upon a time, but not fantastically well, and I plan to start by reviewing that.

Also,

Despite Eliezer's praise of the "thousand-year-old vampire", it there a better book to learn probability theory?

Does anyone want to learn this (or the other math from my post above) with me? I'd love to have a partner or maybe even a work group. Location is no obstacle. [Two caveats: 1. I'm busy with stuff and may not be able to get into this for a few months 2. I hard, but I am incredibly slow at computation (such that on every math test I have ever taken, it took me at least 3 times as long as the second slowest person in the class to finish). You might find that I go to slow for you.]