A HISTORY OF THE MATHEMATICAL THEORY OF PROBABILITY FROM THE TIME OF PASCAL TO THAT OF LAPLACE, by Isaac Todhunter - 1865 [1st Ed]$325.00
History of the Mathematical Theory of Probability from the Time of Pascal to that of Laplace
by Isaac Todhunter
The present work, first published in 1865, describes the rise of probability theory as a recognized subject, beginning with a discussion of the famous 'problem of points', as considered by the likes of the Chevalier de Méré, Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat during the latter half of the seventeenth century. Subsequently, the application of advanced methods that had been developed in classical areas of mathematics led to rapid progress in probability theory. Todhunter traces this growth, closing with a thorough account of Pierre-Simon Laplace's far-reaching work in the area. Opens with a preface by the author with an index and appendix following the body of the text. 624 pages. 7.5" by 9".
First Edition published by Macmillan & Company. Cambridge & London, UK. 1865.
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