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Probability

  • The theory of probability is the only mathematical tool available to help map the unknown and the uncontrollable. It is fortunate that this tool, while tricky, is extraordinarily powerful and convenient.

    Benoit B. Mandelbroit (1924 - 2010)

  • Inside every nonBayesian there is a Bayesian struggling to get out.

    Dennis V. Lindley (1923 - )

  • Oh, well, this would be one of those circumstances that people unfamiliar with the law of large numbers would call a coincidence.

    Sheldon Cooper (2007 - )

  • Amidst the strange vicissitudes of life, 'tis likely, most unlikely things should happen.

    Agathon (448 BCE - 400 BCE)

  • Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.

    John Allen Paulos (1945 - )

  • Luck is the residue of design

    Branch Rickey (1881 - 1965)

  • Whatever the progress of human knowledge, there will always be room for ignorance, hence for chance and probability.

    Emile Borel (1871 - 1956)

  • The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being.

    Madeline L'Engle (1918-2007)

  • There is no such thing as no chance.

    Henry Ford (1863-1947)

  • Indeed, the laws of chance are just as necessary as the causal laws themselves.

    David J. Bohm (1917 - 1992)

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