"This breezy book shows why probability theory, though not Pascal and Fermat's last, was undoubtedly their most important theorem."
"Mr. Devlin shares the great mathematicians' correspondence, walks readers through critical mathematical problems and contextualizes it all in a lively narrative. The book is a refreshing testimony to the rewards of thinking rationally about how future events might unfold.... [A] rewarding read.... Mr. Devlin does a remarkable job of showing just how much derived from the history-changing Pascal-Fermat correspondence."
"This book is not only about mathematics. It is also a tale of how mathematics, and science in general, is really done.... Very well written and accessible to everyone.... This is highly recommended reading.... [It] should find a place in every mathematician's library."
"Devlin depicts Fermat as leading Pascal toward correct understanding of probability's underlying logic, through quotation of the entire letter and a characteristically clear explanation of the logic of probability with which Pascal struggled. A rewarding account for math buffs."
David Berlinski, author of "The Devil's Delusion" and "A Tour of the Calculus"
"I've been a faithful reader of Keith Devlin's work for a long time, and this is the best thing I've seen from his pen. It combines a lightness of touch, an understanding of the sources, an absence of anysort of intrusive self, and a sensitive and error-free presentation of the mathematics."
William Dunham, author of "The Calculus Gallery" and "Journey Through Genius"
"Keith Devlin's delightful little book traces the origins of probability theory and introduces the mathematicians--from Pascal and Fermat to Bernoulli and de Moivre--who created it."
Amir Aczel, author of "Fermat's Last Theorem" and "Chance"
"In this enchanting romp through the early history of probability theory, Devlin does a great job explaining the role probability plays in modern life, and shows how probabilistic reasoning, which we almost take for granted today, was a product of the minds of brilliant mathematicians almost four centuries ago."
"Surprisingly engaging." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nevertheless, this book will likely be savored the most by math and science buffs.
The book, itself, is an engaging tale of correspondence between two of history's great mathematical minds, Pierre de Fermat and Blaise Pascal.
Having a detailed yet easy to read account of this subject is a very welcome addition to the literature.
This book reports a well conducted research on the origins of probability theory. In plain language the author lead the reader to discovering both historical and technical details... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ricardo Mansilla
This book was by no means exciting, but it was moderately interesting. I think this is one in which the reader will have to be sufficiently interested in reading beforehand,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by David Milliern
Anything by Keith Devlin is perfect. If you want a really grand weekend, buy several of his books, turn off your cellphone, lock yourself away from the world with a pot of coffee... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Janet Gallin
It is fascinating to consider what an in depth discussion of chance was like prior to the currently known concepts of probability. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by TW
A fun book for those interested in Game Theory. While not a book for everyone, this one presents a good description of one aspect of this field of mathematics, and is actually so... Read morePublished on July 31, 2010 by George F. Greenwald
One of the reviewers said that the Kindle version of this book was hard to read. However, I had no problems at all with the Kindle version. I also really enjoyed the book. Read morePublished on January 3, 2010 by R. Hunt
Mathematician Keith Devlin presents The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter that Made the World Modern, the true story of how Blaise Pascal and... Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Midwest Book Review