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  • 2-27-1735

    Scottish physician and satirist John Arbuthnot died in London, England. He had written the first probability book in English, Of the Laws of Chance, extending Huygens' work and using the word "probability" for the first time in print, in 1692.

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  • 2-27-1881

    Birthdate of L. E. J. Brouwer, the father of intuitionism, a philosophy of mathematics that starts with primordial intuition and denies the law of the excluded middle.

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    Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer
    Intuitionism
  • 2-27-1910

    Probabilist Joseph Doob born in Cincinnati, Ohio. As the Ph.D. advisor of Paul Halmos, he figures prominently in the Paul Halmos Photograph Collection at MAA Loci: Convergence.

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    Paul Halmos
    Paul Halmos Photograph Collection

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