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Studies in the History of Probability and Statistics XXXIX Buffon's Cycloid

Philip Holgate
Biometrika
Vol. 68, No. 3 (Dec., 1981), pp. 712-716
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of Biometrika Trust
DOI: 10.2307/2335459
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2335459
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Studies in the History of Probability and Statistics XXXIX Buffon's Cycloid
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Abstract

In Buffon's account of his famous problem of the needle, it is not clear how he actually obtained the answer. A conjecture is put forward in this note, based on Buffon's apparent mathematical abilities and inclinations, insofar as they can be determined from his correspondence.

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