Title

A π-less Buffon's Needle Problem

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2006

Department

Mathematics

Language

English

Publication Title

Mathematics Magazine

Abstract

In 1733 the French naturalist Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, posed and solved the following problem in geometric probability: when a needle of length L is dropped onto a wooden floor constructed from boards of width D (where DL), what is the probability that it will lie across a seam between two boards? Buffon determined that the probability is 2L/. His proof of the now-famous Buffon’s needle problem appeared in print 44 years later.

Comments

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DOI

10.1080/0025570X.2006.11953438

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