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He advocated the use of the inductive-deductive method and pointed out that the validity of the deductive phase depends on a broad inductive base. His opinions were really not so much a criticism of Aristotle as of scholastic misapprehensions. He did not rate mathematics highly as a scientific tool, and his ideas became of more importance in the natural and social sciences than in physics. His ideas on the importance of tabulation and classification of facts as a basis for analysis influenced John Graunt and 24 A SKETCHOF THE BACKGROIJND I N MATHEMATICSAND NATURAL PHILOSOPHY William Petty in their works on vital statistics and political arithmetic.
The letter R was introduced in the beginning of the 18th century but de Moivre still used c (derived from circumference) as late as 1756 in his Doctrine of Chances. Essential steps in the free use of letters and special signs for mathematical symbols were first taken by Descartes, Newton, and Leibniz. The most important advance in arithmetic in the 17th century was the invention of logarithms. The German mathematician Michael Stifel (1486-1567) considered in 1544 the correspondence between terms of an arithmetic and a geometric series and stated the “four laws of exponents,” but he did not take the decisive step of introducing logarithms.
Such probabilities refer to our imperfect knowledge and thus only indirectly to the things or events about which a statement is made. , a weaker relation than that of logical consequence. 7). Most of the present book is concerned with objective probability, also called chance in the older literature. 2 PROBABILITY IN ANTIQUITY AND THE MIDDLEAGES 29 de Moivre’s textbook on probability theory is the Doctrine o j Chances: or, A Method of Calculating the Probability of Events in Play (1 71 8). Before the Renaissance, probability was nonmathematical.
A History of Probability and Statistics and Their Applications before 1750 (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics) by Anders Hald