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A history of probability and statistics and their applications before 1750

Author: Anders Hald
Publisher: New York : Wiley, ©1990.
Series: Wiley series in probability and mathematical statistics., Probability and mathematical statistics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The first treatment of the early development of probability and statistics since Todhunter's History appeared in 1865. The present book describes the contemporaneous development and interaction of probability theory (and games of chance), statistics (particularly in astronomy and demography) and life insurance mathematics. Illustrates the development of the practice by means of typical examples, giving both the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Hald, Anders, 1913-
History of probability and statistics and their applications before 1750.
New York : Wiley, ©1990
(OCoLC)622128929
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anders Hald
ISBN: 0471502308 9780471502302
OCLC Number: 19629739
Notes: "A Wiley-Interscience publication."
Description: xiii, 586 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Book and Its Relation to Other Works --
2. A Sketch of the Background in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy --
3. Early Concepts of Probability and Chance --
4. Cardano and Liber de Ludo Aleae, c. 1565 --
5. The Foundation of Probability Theory by Pascal and Fermat in 1654 --
6. Huygens and De Ratiociniis in Ludo Aleae, 1657 --
7. John Graunt and the Observations Made upon the Bills of Morality, 1662 --
8. The Probabilistic Interpretation of Graunt's Life Table --
9. The Early History of Life Insurance Mathematics --
10. Mathematical Models and Statistical Methods in Astronomy from Hipparchus to Kepler and Galileo --
11. The Newtonian Revolution in Mathematics and Science --
12. Miscellaneous Contributions between 1675 and 1708 --
13. The great Leap forward, 1708-1718: A Survey --
14. New Solutions to Old Problems --
15. James Bernoulli and Ars Conjectanda, 1713 --
16. Bernoulli's Theorem --
17. Tests of Significance Based on other Sex Ratio at Birth and the Binomial Distribution, 1712-1713 --
18. Montmort and the Essay d' Analyse sur kes Jeux de Hazard, 1708 and 1713 --
19. The Problem of Coincidences and the Compound Probability Theorem --
20. The Problem of the Duration of Play, 1708-1718 --
21. Nicholas Bernoulli --
22. De Moivre and the Doctrine of Chances, 1718, 1736, and 1756 --
23. The Problem of the Duration of Play and the Method of Difference Equations --
24. De Moivre's Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution --
25. The Insurance Mathematics of de Moivre and Simpson, 1725-1756.
Series Title: Wiley series in probability and mathematical statistics., Probability and mathematical statistics.
Responsibility: Anders Hald.
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