The Mathematical Theory of Bridge

Translated by Alec Traub, Revised and Corrected by Giles Laurén

by: Émile Borel and André Chéron

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134 Probability Tables, Their Uses, Simple Formulas, Applications & 4000 Probabilities

Originally published in 1940, and revised in 1954, this classic work on mathematics and probability as applied to Bridge first appeared in English translation in 1974, but has been unavailable for many years. This new edition corrects numerical errors found in earlier texts; it revises the previous English translation where needed and corrects a number of textual and typographical errors in the 1974 edition. Tables have been included again in the text, as they were in the original edition. The chapter on Contract and Plafond scoring has been retained as continuing to serve its intended purpose. The chapters on shuffling, although no longer applicable to Duplicate Bridge, are included for the benefit of those interested in the mathematics of all card games. All, it is hoped, without too many new errors being introduced.

Émile Borel
Émile Borel
Émile Borel (1871-1956) made contributions to mathematics, it can be argued, that introduced our era of probabilistic, quantitative decision making, so adaptable to the computer and thereby so pervasive today. He published more than fifty papers on probability between 1905 and 1950. Between 1921 and 1927 he published papers on game theory and was first to define games of strategy, publishing various papers and finally, Applications aux jeux de hazard in 1938, of which this book formed a part.

André Chéron
André Chéron
André Chéron (1895-1980) was a top-ranked chess player of the generation of Capablanca (1888-1942); both he and Capablanca turned to bridge as a ‘more interesting game’ in the 1930s.

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