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The first statement of the formula for the Normal Curve

Cantillo, Andres (2011): The first statement of the formula for the Normal Curve.

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Abstract

De Moivre’s book “The Doctrine of Chances” (2) is thorough account of what was known about probability and annuities. The proof that is the object of this paper is included in the very last pages of the book (pages 235-243). The aim of the present paper is to explicate De Moivre’s first part of the proof in such a way that we can trace back the reasoning behind this creation has shaped the modern way of doing science.

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