Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 22:10:14 -0500

From: Alex Bogomolny

Dear Ehren:

Bertrand in the Paradox is Joseph Louis Francois Bertrand (1822-1900). Check his short biography at

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Bertrand.html

Bertrand's Paradox ceased to be a paradox when it was realized that two-dimensional probability distributions need special handling. I am personally not convinced that there exists a single correct distribution that results in probability 1/3. I am well satisfied with the assertion that in two dimensions uniformity of a distribution is defined depending on the problem framework.

Best regards,

Alexander Bogomolny

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