Study on Jacob Bernoulli’s Art of Conjecturing. (Chinese. English summary) Zbl 1125.01010

Summary: Art of Conjecturing is the first foundational work on the theory of probability. Its publication symbolizes the independence of the theory of probability as a branch of mathematics. This paper analyzes Jacob Bernoulli’s new thoughts about probability, such as Bernoulli’s law of large numbers and Bernoulli’s number. Besides, we clear up the problem about the arranger and publisher of Art of Conjecturing.


01A55 History of mathematics in the 19th century
60-03 History of probability theory
60A05 Axioms; other general questions in probability

Biographic References:

Bernoulli, Jacob