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Probability Prior to Pascal

  • David Bellhouse
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Abstract

Early calculations in probability prior to the Pascal-Fermat correspondence of 1654 were related either to combinatorial calculations for simple games of chance or to attempts at a solution to the problem of points.

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Probability Prior Gambling Problem Probability Calculation Simple Game Mathematical Work 
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