Isaac Newton as a Probabilist

  title={Isaac Newton as a Probabilist},
  author={Stephen M. Stigler},
  journal={Statistical Science},
  • S. Stigler
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Physics
  • Statistical Science
In 1693, Isaac Newton answered a query from Samuel Pepys about a problem involving dice. Newton's analysis is discussed and atten tion is drawn to an error he made. On November 22, 1693, Samuel Pepys wrote a let ter to Isaac Newton posing a problem in probability. Newton responded with three letters, first answering the question briefly, and then offering more informa tion as Pepys pressed for clarification. Pepys (1633 1703) is best known today for his posthumously pub lished diary covering… 

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