In the early 1650s, a French aristocrat posed a gambling question to Blaise Pascal, one of the most brilliant scientists and philosophers of the time. But even Pascal needed help. The idea of seeing the future—even seeing a possible future—was so alien that he needed to discuss it with someone else. So he contacted his countryman Pierre de Fermat, arguably the greatest “amateur” mathematician of all time. During the course of several months, the two men exchanged a series of letters that laid the foundation of what we know as probability theory. In those letters, they changed the world.
Pascal and Fermat: The Probability Pen Pals
Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Diagrams
David Blackwell and the Deadliest Duel
Ada Lovelace: Programming the Future
Benoit Mandelbrot: Reshaping the World
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