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The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter That Made the World Modern

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In the early seventeenth century, the outcome of something as simple as a dice roll was consigned to the realm of unknowable chance. Mathematicians largely agreed that it was impossible to predict the probability of an occurrence. Then, in 1654, Blaise Pascal wrote to Pierre de Fermat explaining that he had discovered how to calculate risk. The two collaborated to develop what is now known as probability theory—a concept that allows us to think rationally about decisions and events.

In The Unfinished Game, Keith Devlin masterfully chronicles Pascal and Fermats mathematical breakthrough, connecting a centuries-old discovery with its remarkable impact on the modern world.

About the Author

Keith Devlin is a Senior Researcher and Executive Director at Stanfords Center for the Study of Language and Information, a Consulting Professor in the Department of Mathematics, and a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network. National Public Radios “Math Guy,” he is the author of over twenty-five books. He lives in Stanford, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465018963
Author:
Devlin, Keith
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Author:
Keith, Devlin
Subject:
General
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Mathematics -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b and w illus.
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.20x5.60x.56 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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