Life Of John Venn 's Life

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Life of John Venn John Venn was born on August 4, 1834, in Hull, England. His parents were Martha Sykes and Reverend Henry Venn. Unfortunately, Venn’s mother died when he was only three years old. Venn was brought up in a very strict home. His father had played a significant part in the Evangelical movement and he was also the secretary of the ‘Society for Missions to Africa and the East. Venn started his education at Highgate with his brother Henry in September 1846. He later moved to Islington proprietary school. He later earned his degree in mathematics in 1857 from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Having earned a fellowship there as well, Venn would establish a long-term career at his alma mater, becoming a lecturer in 1862 and being appointed college president. He maintained that position for life.
In 1859, following after his father’s religious tradition, Venn was ordained as a priest for the Church of England and did religious work for a short time before returning to Caius College . In 1868, he married Susanna Carnegie Edmonstone with whom he had one son, John Archibald Venn. He eventually resigned from the clergy in 1883, because Anglicanism was incompatible with his philosophical beliefs. But he still remained involved in the church.
His most famous accomplishment was in 1866, writing The Logic of Chance, a groundbreaking book that explained the frequency theory of probability. The Logic of Chance offered that probability should be determined by how often…

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