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The founder of Hungary's Probability Theory School, A. Rényi made significant contributions to virtually every area of mathematics. This introductory text is the product of his extensive teaching experience and is geared toward readers who wish to learn the basics of probability theory, as well as those who wish to attain a thorough knowledge in the field.

Based on the author's lectures at the University of Budapest, this text requires no preliminary knowledge of probability theory. Readers should, however, be familiar with other branches of mathematics, including a thorough understanding of the elements of the differential and integral calculus and the theory of real and complex functions. These well-chosen problems and exercises illustrate the algebras of events, discrete random variables, characteristic functions, and limit theorems. The text concludes with an extensive appendix that introduces information theory.

Based on the author's lectures at the University of Budapest, this text requires no preliminary knowledge of probability theory. Readers should, however, be familiar with other branches of mathematics, including a thorough understanding of the elements of the differential and integral calculus and the theory of real and complex functions. These well-chosen problems and exercises illustrate the algebras of events, discrete random variables, characteristic functions, and limit theorems. The text concludes with an extensive appendix that introduces information theory.

Reprint of the North-Holland Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1970 edition.

Alfred Renyi: The Happy Mathematician

Alfred Renyi (1921–1970) was one of the giants of twentieth-century mathematics who, during his relatively short life, made major contributions to combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, and other fields.

Reviewing *Probability Theory* and *Foundations of Probability* simultaneously for the *Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society* in 1973, Alberto R. Galmarino wrote:

"Both books complement each other well and have, as said before, little overlap. They represent nearly opposite approaches to the question of how the theory should be presented to beginners. Rényi excels in both approaches. *Probability Theory* is an imposing textbook. *Foundations* is a masterpiece."

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**In the Author's Own Words:**"If I feel unhappy, I do mathematics to become happy. If I am happy, I do mathematics to keep happy."

"Can the difficulty of an exam be measured by how many bits of information a student would need to pass it? This may not be so absurd in the encyclopedic subjects but in mathematics it doesn't make any sense since things follow from each other and, in principle, whoever knows the bases knows everything. All of the results of a mathematical theorem are in the axioms of mathematics in embryonic form, aren't they?" — Alfred Rényi

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ISBN 10 | 0486458679 |

ISBN 13 | 9780486458670 |

Author/Editor | Alfred Renyi |

Page Count | 672 |

Dimensions | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 |

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