Tolstoy's mathematics in 'War and Peace'

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Vitányi, Paul;
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Subject: 01A80, 01A70, 00A06, 00A99 | Mathematics - History and Overview

The nineteenth century Russian author Leo Tolstoy based his egalitarian views on sociology and history on mathematical and probabilistic views, and he also proposed a mathematical theory of waging war.
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