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A History of Inverse Probability
Part of the series Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences pp 1730
Thomas Bayes: A biographical sketch
 Andrew I. DaleAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematical Statistics, University of Natal
Abstract
Most authors of papers or articles devoted to biographical comments on Thomas Bayes preface their remarks with an Apologia for the paucity of pertinent particulars. In 1860 we find de Morgan publishing a request in Notes and Queries for more information on Bayes, listing, in no more than a few paragraphs, all that he knows. In 1974 Maistrov, in what was probably to that date the most complete and authoritative^{1} history of probability theory since Todhunter’s classic of 1865, bemoaned the fact that
biographical data concerning Bayes is scarce and often misleading... Even in the “Great Soviet Encyclopedia” (BSE) there is no mention of his birthdate and the date of his death is given incorrectly as 1763. [pp. 87–88]
 Title
 Thomas Bayes: A biographical sketch
 Book Title
 A History of Inverse Probability
 Book Subtitle
 From Thomas Bayes to Karl Pearson
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 pp 1730
 Copyright
 1999
 DOI
 10.1007/9781441986528_2
 Print ISBN
 9781461264477
 Online ISBN
 9781441986528
 Series Title
 Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
 Publisher
 Springer New York
 Copyright Holder
 SpringerVerlag New York, Inc.
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 Andrew I. Dale ^{(2)}
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 2. Department of Mathematical Statistics, University of Natal, Natal, Durban, 4001, South Africa
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