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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:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From NPRs Math Guy, the engaging tale of Blaise Pascal, Pierre de Fermat, and the seventeenth-century letter that created the field of probability

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Records and correspondence
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Devlin, Keith J.
Unfinished game.
New York : Basic Books, ©2008
(DLC) 2008012222
(OCoLC)213480172
Named Person: Blaise Pascal; Pierre de Fermat; Pierre de Fermat; Blaise Pascal
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Keith J Devlin
ISBN: 9780786726325 0786726326
OCLC Number: 299153681
Notes: "A tale of how mathematics is really done"--Cover.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 191 pages) : illustrations.
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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