16. The Buffon Needle Problem (1777)

  1. Prakash Gorroochurn

Published Online: 7 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch16

Classic Problems of Probability

Classic Problems of Probability

How to Cite

Gorroochurn, P. (2012) The Buffon Needle Problem (1777), in Classic Problems of Probability, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch16

Author Information

  1. Department of Biostatistics, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 8 JUN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118063255

Online ISBN: 9781118314340



  • the Buffon Needle Problem, intersecting one of the lines;
  • required probability, a “geometric” probability;
  • Buffon Needle Problem, the first in geometric probability;
  • Laplace's extension of the Buffon Needle, of probability;
  • needle and the nearest line, and the acute angle


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  • Discussion