Synopses & Reviews
Review
From the reviews: "The history of the CLT deserves a place of its own, and this book by Hans Fischer is the best ... in tracing its development in meticulous historical detail and with mathematical precision. ... The book by Hans Fischer is highly recommended as a well-researched comprehensive history of the CLT. One finds here the story of a galaxy of brilliant mathematicians ... engaging in the quest for, and debates on, the true meaning and the correct derivation of a beautiful intriguing result." (Rabi Bhattacharya, SIAM Review, Vol. 53 (4), 2011) "This work details the history of the central limit theorem and related probabilistic limit theorems roughly from 1810 through 1950, but focuses on 1810 to 1935. ... Hans Fischer ... authors many papers on the history of mathematics. His skill in both these areas allows him to reveal here the historical development of this important theorem in a way that can easy be adapted to the lecture hall or used in independent study." (Tom Schulte, The Mathematical Association of America, February, 2011) "The book will be of interest not only to professionals in the area of probability and statistics but to a wider audience. ... The author has been using a huge amount of sources and archives, including his own works, and he is successful in his goal to describe a comprehensive picture of the development of the CLT. ... the book would be an excellent source for student projects on topics from probability and its applications." (Jordan M. Stoyanov, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1226, 2012)
Review
From the reviews:
"The history of the CLT deserves a place of its own, and this book by Hans Fischer is the best ... in tracing its development in meticulous historical detail and with mathematical precision. ... The book by Hans Fischer is highly recommended as a well-researched comprehensive history of the CLT. One finds here the story of a galaxy of brilliant mathematicians ... engaging in the quest for, and debates on, the true meaning and the correct derivation of a beautiful intriguing result." (Rabi Bhattacharya, SIAM Review, Vol. 53 (4), 2011)
"This work details the history of the central limit theorem and related probabilistic limit theorems roughly from 1810 through 1950, but focuses on 1810 to 1935. ... Hans Fischer ... authors many papers on the history of mathematics. His skill in both these areas allows him to reveal here the historical development of this important theorem in a way that can easy be adapted to the lecture hall or used in independent study." (Tom Schulte, The Mathematical Association of America, February, 2011)
"The book will be of interest not only to professionals in the area of probability and statistics but to a wider audience. ... The author has been using a huge amount of sources and archives, including his own works, and he is successful in his goal to describe a comprehensive picture of the development of the CLT. ... the book would be an excellent source for student projects on topics from probability and its applications." (Jordan M. Stoyanov, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1226, 2012)
Synopsis
This study discusses the history of the central limit theorem and related probabilistic limit theorems from about 1810 through 1950. Coverage extends to the historical development of analytical probability theory and its tools.
Table of Contents
Preface.- Introduction.- The central limit theorem from laplace to cauchy: changes in stochastic objectives and in analytical methods.- The hypothesis of elementary errors.- Chebyshev's and markov's contributions.- The way towards modern probability.- General limit problems.- Conclusion: the central limit theorem as a link between classical and modern probability.- Index.- Bibliography