6. The Pepys–Newton Connection (1693)

  1. Prakash Gorroochurn

Published Online: 7 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch6

Classic Problems of Probability

Classic Problems of Probability

How to Cite

Gorroochurn, P. (2012) The Pepys–Newton Connection (1693), in Classic Problems of Probability, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch6

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 Pepys–Newton Connection (1693), and binomial distribution;
  • Pepys' on “exact” numbers of sixes, than the “at least” number of sixes;
  • Newton's answer, probabilities in a decreasing order for A, B, C;
  • Pepys–Newton problem, and Newton's venture into probability;
  • Newton's seeking de Moivre, on mathematical questions of probabilistic type


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  • Discussion