1654, Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat exchanged a series of letters. At that time Fermat was 53 years old and a judge in Toulouse. He did mathematics in his spare time, with extraordinary success. A former child prodigy, Pascal was 31 years old and living in Paris. In the letters they discuss a problem posed to Pascal by the Chevalier de Méré, a frequent gambler. Pascal made an attempt at a solution and wrote it to Fermat, probably for confirmation but maybe also for help. We can only guess, since the letter is lost.

Developing scientific ideas in letters

EP - 101 ET - 1 PB - Mathematical Association of America PY - 2014 SN - null SP - 99 T2 - Game Theory Through Examples UR - http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/j.ctt6wpwgj.16 Y2 - 2020/09/22/ ER -