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Practical Probabilistic Programming by Avi Pfeffer

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About the Cover Illustration

The figure on the cover of Practical Probabilistic Programming is captioned “The Venetian.” The illustration is taken from a French travel book, Encyclopédie des Voyages by J. G. St. Saveur, published in 1796. Travel for pleasure was a relatively new phenomenon at the time and travel guides such as this one were popular, introducing both the tourist and the armchair traveler to the inhabitants of other regions of France and abroad.

The diversity of the drawings in the Encyclopédie des Voyages speaks vividly of the uniqueness and individuality of the world’s towns and provinces just 200 years ago. This was a time when the dress codes of two regions separated by a few dozen miles identified people uniquely as belonging ...

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