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Some books are a help in understanding things because
they put them differently : a hint when trying to understand
is to follow the historical
evolution of an idea , although this can be quite time-consuming it
does give a real feel of how the ideas came to be,
and the examples are much the same as the ones
given during the courses.(dice, cards, urns, etc )

An easy to read history of some ideas, and the people who thought about them :

**King, Amy C. Read, Cecil B. **,
PATHWAYS TO PROBABILITY; HISTORY OF THE MATHEMATICS OF CERTAINTY AND
CHANCE

New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston [1963]

511.8.K52p

An interesting recent book with applications in the sciences :

**Ruelle, David.**
CHANCE AND CHAOS

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1991.

QA273.R885

Some other introductions to probability that use
other words to
explain the same things that are done in class :

**Subrahmaniam, Kathleen**

A PRIMER IN PROBABILITY

New York : M. Dekker, 1979.

QA273.S766

**DeGroot Morris H.**
PROBABILITY and STATISTICS

2nd ed. Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., c1986.

QA273.D35

A concentrate of the course :

**Thorp, Edward O.**
ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY

Huntington, N.Y., R. E. Krieger Pub., 1966.

QA273.T44

A classic on probability -
for those who want to go on :

**Feller, William.**
AN INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY THEORY AND ITS
APPLICATIONS. 3d ed. (New York : Wiley)

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Two very serious histories of probability :

**Hald, Anders.**
A HISTORY OF PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS AND THEIR
APPLICATIONS BEFORE 1750 (New York : Wiley, c1990)

QA273.A4 H35

**Todhunter,I.**
A HISTORY OF THE MATHEMATICAL THEORY OF PROBABILITY; FROM THE TIME OF
PASCAL TO THAT OF LAPLACE.

Chelsea Pub. Co., 1965.

511.8.T638