Just make sure that if you organize a conference, you don’t put up a web page about the proceedings entitled “submission in LaTeX”. 🙂

]]>I’m not ignorant of game theory, I chose the title as a pun.

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Thanks for the clarification. “Game Theory” was the best title I could think of at the time! I hope I won’t be prosecuted under the Blog Descriptions Act.

It’s a while since I posted about gambling, and I had forgotten the huge increase it generates in spam comments from sources such on-line poker sites….

Peter

]]>I think that gambling did not play a major role in the development of mathematical probability – its prominence is due to a selection effect, since gambling problems were the only ones of interest to literate Europeans that were (a) simple enough to be tackled successfully by the first generation of mathematical probabilists yet (b) too complicated to be cracked by unaided intuition. The quantification revealed in the Pascal – Fermat correspondence was as much a culmination of centuries of thought about reasoning under uncertainty as it was the start of a revolution. The principal spur to the sharpening of thought about reasoning under uncertainty was the law, which is concerned with the probability that somebody is guilty (or innocent) given the evidence. All of the pioneers of quantification (seven or so) were either lawyers or sons of lawyers.

Anton

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