2. Galileo and a Discovery Concerning Dice (1620)

  1. Prakash Gorroochurn

Published Online: 7 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch2

Classic Problems of Probability

Classic Problems of Probability

How to Cite

Gorroochurn, P. (2012) Galileo and a Discovery Concerning Dice (1620), in Classic Problems of Probability, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch2

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



  • Cardano and Games of Chance (1564);
  • scores of 9–12, using six combinations for each;
  • three dice throw, as part of the game of passadieci;
  • Galileo's solution in his Sopra le scoperte dei dadi;
  • classical definition of probability, and Cardano's solution of the same problem


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  • Discussion