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de Méré's problem


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Blaise Pascal (1623—1662) French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher

 

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French gambler Antoine Gomband, the Chevalier de Méré, conjectured that the chance of getting one ‘6’ with four rolls of a fair die was greater than that of getting one ‘double-six’ with twenty-four rolls of two dice. Unable to prove this, in 1654 he posed this as a problem to Pascal who demonstrated that de Méré was correct.

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