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### Contents

1 The Book and Its Relation to Other Works | 1 |

2 A Sketch of the Background in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy | 13 |

3 Early Concepts of Probability and Chance | 28 |

4 Cardano and Liber de Ludo Aleae c 1565 | 33 |

5 The Foundation of Probability Theory by Pascal and Fermat in 1654 | 42 |

6 Huygens and De Ratiociniis in Ludo Aleae 1657 | 65 |

7 John Graunt and the Observations Made upon the Bills of Mortality 1662 | 81 |

8 The Probabilistic Interpretation of Graunts Life Table | 106 |

15 James Bernoulli and Ars Conjectandi 1713 | 220 |

16 Bernoullis Theorem | 257 |

17 Tests of Significance Based on the Sex Ratio at Birth and the Binomial Distribution 17121713 | 275 |

18 Montmort and the Essay dAnalyse sur les Jeux de Hazard 1708 and 1713 | 286 |

19 The Problem of Coincidences and the Compound Probability Theorem | 326 |

20 The Problem of the Duration of Play 17081718 | 347 |

21 Nicholas Bernoulli | 375 |

22 De Moivre and the Doctrine of Chances 1718 1738 and 1756 | 397 |

9 The Early History of Life Insurance Mathematics | 116 |

10 Mathematical Models and Statistical Methods in Astronomy from Hipparchus to Kepler and Galileo | 144 |

11 The Newtonian Revolution in Mathematics and Science | 170 |

12 Miscellaneous Contributions between 1657 and 1708 | 183 |

13 The Great Leap Forward 17081718 A Survey | 191 |

14 New Solutions to Old Problems 17081718 | 196 |

23 The Problem of the Duration of Play and the Method of Difference Equations | 425 |

24 De Moivres Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution 1733 | 468 |

25 The insurance Mathematics of de Moivre and Simpson 17251756 | 508 |

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