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The Unfinished Game

Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter that Made the World Modern

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Description

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 theorya 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.

Author Biography

Keith Devlin is a Senior Researcher and Executive Director at Stanford's centre 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 Radio's Math Guy," he is the author of over twenty-five books. He lives in Stanford, California.
Release date Australia
March 23rd, 2010
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Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
25 b & w illus.
Imprint
Basic Books
Pages
208
Dimensions
141x207x14
ISBN-13
9780465018963
Product ID
3956876

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