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The true title of Bayes’s essay. (English) Zbl 1331.60006
Summary: New evidence is presented that Richard Price gave Thomas Bayes’s famous essay [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 53, 370–418 (1763; Zbl 1250.60007)] a very different title from the commonly reported one. It is argued that this implies Price almost surely and Bayes not improbably embarked upon this work seeking a defensive tool to combat David Hume on an issue in theology.
Reviewer: Reviewer (Berlin)

MSC:
60-03 History of probability theory
01A50 History of mathematics in the 18th century
62C10 Bayesian problems; characterization of Bayes procedures
01A70 Biographies, obituaries, personalia, bibliographies
Biographic References:
Bayes, Thomas
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