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The Splendors and Miseries of MartingalesThe Origin and Multiple Meanings of Martingale

The Splendors and Miseries of Martingales: The Origin and Multiple Meanings of Martingale [A martingale can be a mathematical object, a gambling strategy in a casino, part of a horse’s harness, part of a sailboat’s rigging, a man’s coat, or even a courtesan. The wide variety of objects described by the word is both intriguing and challenging. Lexicographers have advanced various hypotheses for the word’s origin. Here we begin with its use in mathematics and work back to the picturesque city of Martigues, on the French Mediterranean coast. Along the way we will encounter a king’s breeches, fencers, a sailor’s dance, a prophetess, and an imprisoned Javert in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Splendors and Miseries of MartingalesThe Origin and Multiple Meanings of Martingale

Part of the Trends in the History of Science Book Series
Editors: Mazliak, Laurent; Shafer, Glenn

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
ISBN
978-3-031-05987-2
Pages
3 –14
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-05988-9_1
Publisher site
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Abstract

[A martingale can be a mathematical object, a gambling strategy in a casino, part of a horse’s harness, part of a sailboat’s rigging, a man’s coat, or even a courtesan. The wide variety of objects described by the word is both intriguing and challenging. Lexicographers have advanced various hypotheses for the word’s origin. Here we begin with its use in mathematics and work back to the picturesque city of Martigues, on the French Mediterranean coast. Along the way we will encounter a king’s breeches, fencers, a sailor’s dance, a prophetess, and an imprisoned Javert in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.]

Published: Oct 18, 2022

Keywords: Martingale; Joseph Doob; Jean Ville

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