A history of probability and statistics and their applications before 1750

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Wiley, 1990 - History - 586 pages
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The first treatment of the early development of probability and statistics since Todhunter's History appeared in 1865. The present book describes the contemporaneous development and interaction of probability theory (and games of chance), statistics (particularly in astronomy and demography) and life insurance mathematics. Illustrates the development of the practice by means of typical examples, giving both the original data and their analysis at the time, and adding some comments from a modern point of view. To read and enjoy this intellectual history, the reader need know but little statistics or mathematics, for the presentation is relatively self-contained. This unique book evokes the life and works of the great natural philosophers who contributed to the development of probability theory and statistics and offers fascinating background material on the history of mathematics, natural philosophy and social conditions of the eras under discussion.

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The Book and Its Relation to Other Works
A Sketch of the Background in Mathematics and Natural
Early Concepts of Probability and Chance

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ANDERS HALD, now retired, was Professor of Statistics at the University of Copenhagen from 1948 to 1982. His previous books include A History of Probability and Statistics and Their Applications before 1750, the companion volume to this history. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society of London, the Danish Statistical Society, and the Danish Society for Industrial Quality Control.