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Probability

  • Everyone believes in the normal law, the experimenters because they imagine that it is a mathematical theorem, and the mathematicians because they think it is an experimental fact. J.F. Gabriel Lippmann (1845 - 1921)

  • Most accidents in well-designed systems involve two or more events of low probability occurring in the worst possible combination.

    Robert E. Machol (1917 - 1998)

  • Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cock-sure of many things that were not so.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841 - 1935)

  • I bet on a horse at ten-to-one. It didn't come in until half-past five.

    Henny Youngman (1906 - 1998)

  • The true logic of this world is the calculus of probabilities.

    James Clerk Maxwell (1831 - 1879)

  • Normality is a myth; there never has, and never will be, a normal distribution.

    Roy C. Geary (1896 - 1983)

  • Indeed, it is always probable that something improbable will happen.

    Logan E. Bleckley (1827 - 1907)

  • It is better to be satisfied with probabilities than to demand impossibilities and starve.

    Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)

  • There is no alchemy of probabilities that will change ignorance into knowledge.

    Edwin G. Boring (1886 - 1968)

  • Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge.

    Geoge Boole (1815 - 1864)

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