Milestones in the History of Probability
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.
KeywordsRandom Walk Central Limit Theorem Inscribe Circle Bernoulli Process Gold Coin
The author thanks the Kinnear Professorship at the United States Naval Academy for support.
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