Probability theory

1654 Probability theory

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Blaise Pascal, Pierre de Fermat probability

Probability theory



This correspondence between Pascal and Fermat influenced Christiaan Huygens, who published the first book on probability theory three years later. Huygens was the guy who first declared that Saturn has a ring, and who invented the pendulum clock.

Fermat was the first to evaluate the integral of general power functions, which influenced both Newton and Leibnitz in their creation of calculus.

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