Single Idea 7447

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 6. Probability]

Full Idea

There is hardly any history of probability to record before Pascal (1654), and the whole subject is very well understood after Laplace (1812).

Gist of Idea

Probability was fully explained between 1654 and 1812


Ian Hacking (The Emergence of Probability [1975], Ch.1)

Book Reference

Hacking,Ian: 'The Emergence of Probability' [CUP 1975], p.1

A Reaction

An interesting little pointer on the question of whether the human race is close to exhausting all the available intellectual problems. What then?