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Daniel Otero

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Re: [HM] question about term "normal"
Posted: Oct 24, 2006 2:31 PM
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From Klee & Wagon, Old and New Unsolved Problems in Plane Geometry
and Number Theory (MAA, 1991), p. 251:

"D. Champernowne, while an undergraduate at Cambridge University,
proved that 0.123456789101112131415... is normal in base 10"

The citation there is to the following short paper: "The construction
of decimals normal in the scale of ten," J. London Math. Soc. 8
(1933) 254-260.

Not having read the paper nor knowing much at all about our friend
Champernowne, I will still surmise that the term "normal" was
introduced with this 1933 paper, the choice of a young mathematician
who was probably ignorant of the theory of the normal distribution.

--Danny Otero

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