The Central Limit Theorem from Laplace to Cauchy: Changes in Stochastic Objectives and in Analytical Methods

  • Hans Fischer
Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SHMP)


In 1812, Pierre-Simon de Laplace (1749–1827) published the first edition of his Théorie analytique des probabilités (henceforth simply abbreviated by TAP).1 With its typical problems, stochastic models, and analytic methods this book would considerably influence probability theory and mathematical statistics right until the beginning of the 20th century.


Series Expansion Central Limit Theorem Independent Random Variable Error Theory Observational Error 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematisch-Geographische FakultätKatholische Universität Eichstätt-IngolstadtEichstättGermany

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