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1 edited by E. S. Pearson and M. G. Kendall (1970) and Vol. 2 edited by M. G. Kendall and R. L. Plackett (1977). A Bibliography of Statistical Literature Pre-1940 has been compiled by Kendall and Doig (1968). ). For the biographies we have of course used the Dictionary of ScientiJic Biography, edited by C . C. Gillispie (1970-1980) and the individual biographies available. As reference books for the history of mathematics we have used Cantor (1880-1908) and Kline (1972). , so that papers were read some years before they were published.
The purpose of the present chapter is to refresh the reader’s memory on some of the salient historical facts before 1650. It is, however, not possible to point to a simple causal explanation of the development of probability and statistics in terms of these facts, but the record should make it easier for the reader to review and to grasp the spirit of the time. The exposition is necessarily very brief; it is also biased in the sense that it concentrates on the most conspicuous events in the development of mathematics and natural philosophy, and it emphasizes those events that are of particular interest for the history of probability and statistics.
In the 16th century considerable progress was made in arithmetic, algebra, and trigonometry. 2 ON MATHEMATICS BEFORE 1650 15 numbers came gradually into use. ” The decimal system of notation was introduced for fractions, replacing the ratio of two integers. Two prominent Italian mathematicians, Niccolo Tartaglia (c. 1499-1 557) and Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576), wrote textbooks containing new results in arithmetic and algebra. For example, they gave methods for the solution of equations of the third and fourth degrees, and Cardano noted that the number of roots equaled the degree of the equation.