Some Laws and Problems of Classical Probability and How Cardano Anticipated Them
In the history of probability, the sixteen–century physician and mathematician Gerolamo Cardano (1501–1575) was among the first to attempt a systematic study of the calculus of probabilities. Like those of his contemporaries, Cardano’s studies were primarily driven by games of chance. Concerning his gambling for twenty–five years, he famously said in his autobiography entitled The Book of My Life:
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… and I do not mean to say only from time to time during those years, but I am ashamed to say it, everyday.