Poincaré’s Odds

  • Laurent MazliakEmail author
Part of the Progress in Mathematical Physics book series (PMP, volume 67)


This paper is devoted to Poincaré’s work in probability. Though the subject does not represent a large part of the mathematician’s achievements, it provides significant insight into the evolution of Poincaré’s thought on several important matters such as the changes in physics implied by statistical mechanics and molecular theories. After having drawn the general historical context of this evolution, I focus on several important steps in Poincaré’s texts dealing with probability theory, and eventually consider how his legacy was developed by the next generation.


Kinetic Theory Electronic Journal Average Kinetic Energy Mobile Point Recurrence Theorem 
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© Springer Basel 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles AléatoiresUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParis Cedex 05France

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