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Exposition de la théorie des chances et des probabilités. Exposition de la théorie des chances et des probabilités.
Exposition de la théorie des chances et des probabilités.
(VENN, John.) COURNOT, Antoine Augustin.

Exposition de la théorie des chances et des probabilités.

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Published: Paris Librairie de L. Hachette, 1843

Stock Code: 110741

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First edition. This is a significant association copy, with the ownership inscription of the logician and philosopher John Venn (1834-1923), the inventor of the eponymous diagram, on the title page: "John Venn. G & C Coll. 1880." Venn entered Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1853, obtaining his degree in 1857 and going on to become a fellow of the college and President in 1903. Venn popularised the frequentist view on probability which Cournot introduced here. Cournot was one of four writers from three countries (the others being Jakob Friederick Fries, Richard Leslie Ellis, and John Stuart Mill) who "independently proposed interpretations of probability that were fundamentally frequentist in character" (Skyrms and Harper, p. 188). However, "despite this early efflorescence, the frequency theory did not begin to gain widespread acceptance until its careful elaboration, nearly a quarter of a century later, in John Venn's Logic of Chance", published in 1866 (ibid.). Uncommon in commerce, with five copies traced at auction since 1975.

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Octavo. Contemporary red cloth, black morocco label to spine lettered gilt, top edge brown, edges speckled red.


Folding diagram to rear.


Spine faded, skilful repair to spine panel and lower portion of label, light scratches to covers, spot of wear to front cover and tips, light foxing and occasional faint dampstain to contents. A very good copy.


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