Milestones in the History of Probability

  • Michael F. Shlesinger


Probability has a colorful history beginning with the throwing of bones, sticks, and dice. Progress was in fits and starts because several examples led to paradoxes. Combinations were confused with permutations, means were confused with probabilities, infinite moments were rejected, and measures were ambiguous. Several of these pitfalls and paradoxes are reviewed.


Random Walk Central Limit Theorem Inscribe Circle Bernoulli Process Gold Coin 
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The author thanks the Kinnear Professorship at the United States Naval Academy for support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics Dept.United States Naval AcademyAnnapolisUSA
  2. 2.Office of Naval ResearchArlingtonUSA

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