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Jacob Bernoulli and the Mathematics of Tennis (2013)


Jacob Bernoulli's Lettre à un Amy sur les Parties du Jeu de Paume employs the sorts of mathematical techniques that had been applied to games of chance by Pascal and Huygens to a game, now called Court Tennis or Royal Tennis, the outcomes of which depended, as he thought, not on chance but on athletic skill. He assumed that the players' relative strengths could be determined a posteriori or by observation. Bernoulli's work shows an alternate route by which mathematics was applied to the real world in the seventeenth century, one which did not involve Platonic conceptions of the role of mathematics, but rather the techniques of commercial arithmetic and, in particular, of algebra.

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Article Angelini, Annarita (2013) Praecisio and Conjecture: Cusanus' Ball Game and the “Learned Ignorance” of the World. Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza (p. 5). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Mariano Giaquinta
Tosi, Alessandro
Serrano, David Teira
Santos Del Cerro, Jesús
Peiffer, Jeanne
Parker, Adam E.
Journal Electronique d'Histoire des Probabilités et de la Statistique
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Historia Mathematica
College Mathematics Journal
Probability and statistics
Science and sports
Probabilism (philosophy)
Bernoulli, Jakob
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Bernoulli, Johann
Bernoulli, family
Galilei, Galileo
Scaino, Antonio
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
Early modern
19th century
15th century

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