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.