A History of Probability and Statistics and Their Applications before 1750

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 25, 2005 - Mathematics - 608 pages

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1 The Book and Its Relation to Other Works
2 A Sketch of the Background in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy
3 Early Concepts of Probability and Chance
4 Cardano and Liber de Ludo Aleae c 1565
5 The Foundation of Probability Theory by Pascal and Fermat in 1654
6 Huygens and De Ratiociniis in Ludo Aleae 1657
7 John Graunt and the Observations Made upon the Bills of Mortality 1662
8 The Probabilistic Interpretation of Graunts Life Table
15 James Bernoulli and Ars Conjectandi 1713
16 Bernoullis Theorem
17 Tests of Significance Based on the Sex Ratio at Birth and the Binomial Distribution 17121713
18 Montmort and the Essay dAnalyse sur les Jeux de Hazard 1708 and 1713
19 The Problem of Coincidences and the Compound Probability Theorem
20 The Problem of the Duration of Play 17081718
21 Nicholas Bernoulli
22 De Moivre and the Doctrine of Chances 1718 1738 and 1756

9 The Early History of Life Insurance Mathematics
10 Mathematical Models and Statistical Methods in Astronomy from Hipparchus to Kepler and Galileo
11 The Newtonian Revolution in Mathematics and Science
12 Miscellaneous Contributions between 1657 and 1708
13 The Great Leap Forward 17081718 A Survey
14 New Solutions to Old Problems 17081718
23 The Problem of the Duration of Play and the Method of Difference Equations
24 De Moivres Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution 1733
25 The insurance Mathematics of de Moivre and Simpson 17251756

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Anders Hald was formerly a Professor of Statistics at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

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