Unlocking the pamphlets of the Fagel Collection at Trinity College Dublin - A review of bibliographic resources to assist the investigation of probability theory and statistics
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The purpose of this research project is to investigate the holdings of the Fagel Collection (TCD Library) given its origins as a working information resource for high-level officials of the States-General in the Dutch Republic. The project is specifically aimed at: 1. Unlocking the pamphlet collection of the Fagel library, to see: 2. How contemporary knowledge of probability influenced the Fagel?s public role 3. How the Fagel?s dealt with political and economic crises 4. What we can learn from that in our tijdsgewricht During the first stage of this research project the Research Assistant (RA) would review many of the pamphlets (eighteenth century), and produce an overview of some of the more important volumes on probability theory and statistics in the collection. This report is a first outcome of this undertaking, and provides a bibliography of the books and articles on probability theory and statistics in the Fagel Collection of TCD Library, which can be found in the 1872 Printed Catalogue (Document 1), an overview of the available catalogues to investigate the pamphlets in the Fagel Collection (Document 2), descriptions of eighteenth century pamphlets, tracts, ordinances and lists with economic, political arithmetic and related subjects that can be found in volumes under lot 7593, 7594, 7596 of the Auction Catalogue (Document 3). In addition to this an overview is offered of pamphlets related to annuities which are in the database The Early Modern Pamphlets Online (Document 4), as well as a bibliography on the primary and secondary sources related to Willem Jacob `s Gravesande (Document 5). The latter also provides an overview of the key literature on the history of probability and statistics. Finally a select bibliography on the Fagels and their library is provided (Document 6). Together with these documents comes a digital document and ordner which contains the PDF files of pamphlets mentioned in this document (only those which have the sign ), The History of Statistics A Select Bibliography (2nd edition) by Peter M. Lee, several items of the secondary literature on Fagel, `s Gravesande and Kersseboom, and the Archival Guide of the Fagel Archives in the Dutch National Archive, The Hague.