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Designing Experiments & Games of Chance: The Unconventional Science of Blaise Pascal Hardcover – September, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0881353761 ISBN-10: 0881353760

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Science History Pubns (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881353760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881353761
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,599,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . Shea narrates the events, experiments, letters, challenges, and accusations with such ease that the reader is drawn into the time and place of their occurrence. All diagrams and sketches are copies of the protagonists originals; embedding the reader even deeper in the past . . . Abundant footnotes: complete bibliography; detailed index. A truly exceptional, scholarly book. --Choice --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Designing Experiments & Games Of Chance: The Unconventional Science Of Blaise Pascal by William R. Shea (Galileo Professor of History of Science at the University of Padua) is an informed and informative survey and analysis of the life's work of the talented mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal. Investigating Pascal's ingenious mathematical experiments, his philosophies of experimental science, his pioneering work concerning theories of probability, and more, Designing Experiments & Games Of Chance is an introduction into the lasting wisdom of a great thinker. Written as accessibly as possible for readers of all background with a basic grounding in math, Designing Experiments & Games Of Chance is a work of impressive scholarship and a welcome addition to academic Science History reference collections.
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