Probability Theory in Ancient India

y.r.rani at y.r.rani at
Wed Feb 5 05:20:18 UTC 1997

Greetings and Namaste,

I have a query:

Since the use of dice (games of chance) were well known in ancient India
(Mahabharata, etc.) was there developed at that time a theory of
probability?  Is there documented, from that period, a mathematical formula
investigating the laws of probability (such as developed by Pascal in the
17th century)?

Yvette C. Rosser
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Texas at Austin

     "That men do not learn from history
      is the most important of all lessons
      that history has to teach."
                      --Aldous Huxley

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