Can anyone suggest where to obtain the results of the 10,000 coin flips (i.e., all 10,000 heads and tails) performed by John Kerrich during WWII?

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I hadn't heard about Kerrich before– what a bizarre story. The Google book scan (shared by reftt) of "An Experimental Introduction to the Theory of Probability" doesn't seem to include the body of the text. Feeling a little old-fashioned, I checked out a copy of the 1950 edition from the library.

I have scanned a few pages that I found interesting. The pages describe his test conditions, data from the first 2000 coin flips and data from the first 500 of a series of 5000 equally implausible-sounding urn experiments (with 2 red and 2 green ping pong balls).

Text recognition (and some cleanup) using *Mathematica* 9 gives this sequence of 2000 tails (0) and heads (1) from Table 1. The head count of 1014 is one more than 502+511=1013 in Table 2, so the recognition was imperfect, but it looks pretty good–at least it got the right number of characters! (Sharp-eyed readers are invited to correct it.)

Here is a graphical summary of this random walk, followed by the data themselves. The accumulated difference between head and tail counts proceeds from left to right, covering all 2000 results.

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