Untersuchungen über die Ermittlung von Wahrscheinlichkeiten.

Zurich, Jean Frey, 1904.

8vo, pp. [6], 80, + 1 folding plate; diagrams and tables within the text, a very good clean copy in slightly later quarter pebble-grain cloth with paper boards, slightly worn, shelf mark in ink at the head of the title-page.


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The doctoral dissertation of Rudolf Laemmel, produced under the auspices of Burkhardt of Zurich, and the first attempt at founding probability theory on set theory and measure theory (the axiomatization of probability). The work discusses the rules
of total and compound probability as axioms. The rule of compound probability is stated only in the case of independence, a concept he did not explicate. The work is mentioned by John Maynard Keynes in his Treatise on probability. Rudolf Laemmel (1879-1962) was an educational reformer and writer.

Bound with BRASCHE, Otto. Beitrag zur Methode der Sterblichkeitsberechnung und zur Mortalitatsstatistik Russland’s. Würzburg, A. Stuber’s Buchhandlung, 1870; pp. [2], 60, + 1 folding plate.

Jan von Plato, Creating modern probability, pp. 32 ff; Schneider Entwicklung der Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie, 1989, pp. 355-56, 359-366.

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