Games, Gods & Gambling: A History of Probability and Statistical Ideas

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9780486400235: Games, Gods & Gambling: A History of Probability and Statistical Ideas

The development of gambling techniques led to the beginning of modern statistics, and this absorbing history illustrates the science's rise with vignettes from the lives of Galileo, Fermat, Pascal, and others. Fascinating allusions to the classics, archaeology, biography, poetry, and fiction endow this volume with universal appeal. 1962 edition.

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This chronicle of predictability was deemed "an exciting, highly readable history of mathematics for both the scholar and general reader" by LJ's reviewer, who added that "long mathematical expositions and formulae are used sparingly so that the reader with a limited background in math will not find this arduous reading" (LJ 4/15/63). Odds are most collections don't have a similar volume.
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