Buffon's problem

Buffon's problem

[bü′fȯnz ‚präb·ləm]
(statistics)
The problem of calculating the probability that a needle of specified length, dropped at random on a plane ruled with a series of straight lines a specified distance apart, will intersect one of the lines.
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Buffon's problem remained unnoticed by his contemporaries.
18) From other problems considered by Crofton (1868), let us at least mention the generalization of Buffon's problem to a "needle" consisting of two rigidly connected figures of diameters not exceeding the distance between parallel lines, later extended by Sylvester (1890) to an arbitrarily long chain of such figures.
This simplified form of Buffon's Problem is really quite easy.