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The unfinished game : Pascal, Fermat, and the seventeenth-century letter that made the world modern

Author: Keith J Devlin
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2008.
Series: Basic ideas.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the seventeenth-century correspondence between Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat that described a mathematical method that became the foundation of probability, and discusses how it later developed into the concept of risk management in the twenty-first century.
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Blaise Pascal; Pierre de Fermat; Blaise Pascal; Pierre de Fermat; Pierre de Fermat; Blaise Pascal
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith J Devlin
ISBN: 9780465009107 0465009107
OCLC Number: 213480172
Description: x, 191 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Monday, August 24, 1654 --
A problem worthy of great minds --
On the shoulders of a giant --
A man of slight build --
The great amateur --
Terrible confusions --
Out of the gaming rooms --
Into the everyday world --
The chance of your life --
The measure of our ignorance.
Series Title: Basic ideas.
Responsibility: Keith Devlin.
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