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$\ldots$         Or how to get a feel for probability.
(`` I would rather feel compunction than understand the definition thereof'' $\ldots$ Thomas A. Kempis)

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 $\ldots$)
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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

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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)
QA273.F3712 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


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Susan Holmes
1998-12-07