The twenty-ninth meeting was held September 21-22, 2012, at Xavier University. We celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the publication of Théorie Analytique des Probabilités by Pierre-Simon de Laplace (Courcier, Paris, 1812; 2nd ed., 1814; supplements in 1816, 1818, 1820, contained in 3rd ed., 1820; reprinted with a fourth supplement, 1825) by reading a portion (Chapter IV, Section 18) of this seminal work, the section in which he presents his version of the Central Limit Theorem, a result that lies at the foundation of much of modern statistical methodology. Conveniently, one of our members, Dick Pulskamp, recently wrote a piece for publication on TAP, which was ideal for helping us understand the context and content of Laplace's work. We also consulted these supplementary texts:
• E.C. Molina, "The Theory of Probability: Some Comments on Laplace's Théorie Analytique", Bull. AMS 36 (1930), 369-392.
• Anders Hald, A History of Mathematical Statistics from 1750 to 1930, Wiley, 1988, sections 17.1-17.2.