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Classic problems of probability

Author: Prakash Gorroochurn
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2012.
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Providing insight into one of the most fascinating and unique subjects in statistics, this book examines classic problems of probability that have both contributed to the field and have been of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Prakash Gorroochurn
ISBN: 9781118063255 1118063252
OCLC Number: 757478610
Awards: Winner of PROSE (Mathematics) 2012
Description: xi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Cardano and games of chance (1564) --
Galileo and the discovery concerning dice (1620) --
The Chevalier de Méré problem I: the problem of dice (1654) --
The Chevalier de Méré problem II: the problem of points (1654) --
Huygens and the gambler's ruin (1657) --
The Pepys-Newton connection (1693) --
Rencontres with Montmort (1708) --
Jacob Bernoulli and his golden theorem (1713) --
De Moivre's problem (1730) --
De Moivre, Gauss, and the normal curve (1730, 1809) --
Daniel Bernoulli and the St. Petersburg problem (1738) --
d'Alembert and the "Croix ou Pile" article (1754) --
d'Alembert and the gambler's fallacy (1761) --
Bayes, Laplace, and philosophies of probability (1764, 1774) --
Leibniz's error (1768) --
The buffon needle problem (1777) --
Bertrand's ballot problem (1887) --
Bertrand's strange three boxes (1889) --
Bertrand's chords (1889) --
Three coins and the puzzle from Galton (1894) --
Lewis Carroll's pillow problem No. 72 (1894) --
Borel and a different kind of normality (1909) --
Borel's paradox and Kolmogorov's axioms (1909, 1933) --
Of Bored, Monkey's, and the new creationism (1913) --
Kraitchik's neckties and Newcomb's problem (1930, 1960) --
Fisher and the lady tasting tea (1935) --
Benford and the peculiar behavior of the first significant digit (1938) --
Coinciding birthdays (1939) --
Lévy and the Arc Sine law (1939) --
Simpson's paradox (1951) --
Gamow, Stern, and elevators (1958) --
Monty-Hall, cars, and goats (1975) --
Parrondo's perplexing paradox (1996).
Responsibility: Prakash Gorroochurn.
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Thus, the book can be highly recommend to every lecturer in this field and every student interested in probability and statistics. (Zentralblatt Math, 1 September 2013)

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