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Pierre de Fermat (1601—1665) French mathematician

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

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Probability problems concerning the outcomes of rolling dice. A problem considered at length by Fermat and Pascal concerned the number of times that one must throw a pair of dice before obtaining a double six. Their correspondence laid the foundation for the modern study of probability. See geometric distribution.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics.

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