HISTORY OF THE MATHEMATICAL THEORY OF PROBABILITY, by Isaac Todhunter - 1865 [1st Ed] *provenance*$325.00
History of the Mathematical Theory of Probability from the Time of Pascal to that of Laplace
by Isaac Todhunter
Owned and signed by Asaph Hall, notable American scientist.
First Edition published by Macmillan & Company. Cambridge & London, UK. 1865.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.
- Dark green buckram covers with blind stamped borders exhibit minor signs of age and wear.
- Boards are gently rubbed and exposed along the edges, most notably to a 2.5" portion of the rear board fore-edge with smaller portions to the top, bottom, and corners.
- Corners are rubbed with exposed board.
- Spine has gilt lettering and exhibits a small chip from an area of the front shoulder and a smaller chip from the back shoulder; some cracking to shoulders including a 1.25" crack from foot of front. (See photos)
- Binding is secure.
- Half-title page bears owner's signature.
- Rich brown endpapers show some scuffing, with cracks at front hinge.
- Feps have some light wear and scuffing though overall remain free of major signs of age or wear.
- Interior is gently age-toned with foxing to the ffep through the colophon, appendix and index. Toning is a little darker than appears in photos
- Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
- Text block fore edges are deckled.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
624 pages. 7.5 by 9 inches.
This is the book that established the field of the history of probability itself, starting 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 of the 17th C. Todhunter traces the growth of advanced mathematics through its development up through Simon Laplace's 1812 analysis of of probability, offering a complete overview of what is today considered the classical understanding of probabilities. Opens with a preface by the author, and includes both index and appendix following the body of text.
Isaac Todhunter (1820-1884) was a brilliant scholar of considerable renown, celebrated in his lifetime for his achievements in mathematics. While yet an undergrad he achieved a position which has been described as "the greatest intellectual achievement attainable in Britain." He went on to be elected as a member of The Royal Society. Even today, he is known for his prolific writing in the field of mathematics. He was also known for his knowledge across other fields, and has 10 languages in his repertoire.
PROVENANCE: Asaph Hall signature as owner on half title. American astronomer Asaph Hall (1829-1907) discovered the two satellites of Mars and was an important figure in government scientific circles during the period following the Civil War. [yourdictionary] Having a special knack for calculating orbits, he calculated the orbits of satellites for a number of planets and of double stars, as well as the rotation of Saturn and the mass of Mars. He is also credited for the discovery of moons for Deimos and Phobos.
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