David, FN (1962, 1998) Gods, Games and Gambling: a History of
Probability and Statistical Ideas. Mineola, N.Y., Dover
A historical account from the dawn of civilization up to
the the work of De Moivre. A classic as well as a charming book that is in part
based on earlier publications in Biometrika. See errors, addenda and remarks
Droesbeke, J-J, Tassi, Ph (1990, 1997) Histoire de la Statistique,
deuxieme edition corrigee, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, Que
sais-je? nr. 2527
An information packed,
comprehensive account up to the 70-ties in just 126 pages. The only thing
lacking is an index. See errors, addenda and remarks
Hald, A (1990) A History of Probability and Statistics and their Applications
before 1750 Wiley, New York
A very comprehensive work that discusses the important developments
and publications of this period in great detail. See errors, addenda and remarks
Huygens, Chr (1660, 1998) Van Rekeningh in Spelen van Geluck
vertaald en toegelicht door Wim Kleijne. Epsilon Uitgaven, Utrecht.
A facsimile edition of the 1660 Dutch text with a parallel translation in contemporary Dutch. See errors, addenda and remarks
Huygens, Chr (1656-1666, 1920) Oeuvres Complètes de Christiaan Huygens,
tome 14. La Haye, Martinus Nijhoff.
contains Huygens' work on probability calculus. It contains the 1660 text
of Van Rekeningh in Spelen van Geluck with a translation in French.
It does not however, in contrast to what Hald suggests, contain the 1657
text of De Ratiociniis in Ludo Aleae
Lovie, AD (1991) A Short History of Statistics in Twentieth Century Psychology
in New Developments in Statistics for Psychology and the Social Sciences. Vol 2. Lovie P, Lovie AD (eds) (1991)
The British Psychological Society and Routledge, London and New York
Intelligently written and fun to read
Oosterbeek, T (1991) De pijl van Zeno: de geschiedenis van de statistiek
A booklet on the history of statistics from the middle ages up to the
Smith, DE (1925, 19?) History of Mathematics. Mineola, N.Y., Dover
A classic two volume work. Volume one is a chronological overview while volume two has a more topical approach.
Stigler, SM (1986) The History of Statistics: the measurement of uncertainty
before 1900.The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England
A very interesting book covering the period from 18th century up to
Todhunter, I (1865) A History of the Mathematical Theory of Probability: from the time of Pascal to that of Laplace
before 1900. Macmillan, London. Reprinted 1949, 1965; Chelsea, New York.
A nearly comprehensive outline of the literature of that period in over a 1000 articles.
Waerden, BL van der (ed, 1975) Die Werke von Jacob Bernoulli, Band 3, Birckhauser Verlag Basel
Contains Jacob's Meditationes on probability, his Ars Conjectandi, De Usu Artis Conjectandi of Nicolaus Bernoulli etc.
See also the bibliography
compiled by David E. Joyce