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G. of opponents, of bystanders, of money, of situation, o f t h e dice box, and of the die itself: To the extent to which you depart jrom that equality, if it is in your opponentsfavour, you are a fool, and f i n your own. YOU are unjust. -CARDANO. C. 1565. 1 ON GAMES OF CHANCE There is no evidence of a calculus of chances in the Middle Ages. Some early instances of analyses of plays with three dice have been reported by Kendall (1956). About 960, Bishop Wibold of Cambrai correctly enumerated the 56 different outcomes (without permutations) of playing with three dice.
University teaching 20 A SKETCH OF THE BACKGROUND IN MATHEMATICS AND NATURAL PHILOSOPHY and research were dominated by Christian theology and the heritage of the Greeks. The classical Greek works were read in Latin translation, often obtained by translating Arab editions. The most important works were by Aristotle in philosophy, ethics, and logic; Euclid in geometry; Ptolemy in astronomy; and Galen in medicine. In the 12th and 13th centuries many philosophers wrote commentaries on the Scriptures and the Greek classics for the purpose of developing a general philosophy uniting these two lines of thought.
In 1617 he published the first table of common logarithms of the natural numbers from 1 to 1000. This was followed by his Arithmetica Logarithmetica (1624) containing the logarithms of the natural numbers from 1 to 20,000 and from 90,000 to 100,OOO to 14 decimal places, with an introduction on the construction of the table and examples of arithmetical and geometrical applications. Posthumously occurred his Trigonometria Brittanica (1623) containing sines, tangents, and their logarithms to 14 decimal places.