Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thankful Day #23

Thankful Day #23: I am thankful for statistics and probability. These sciences have opened up deeper and broader understanding of our universe by giving other sciences a robust mathematical language with which to work. Probability theory has led to better understanding of phenomena as diverse as the behavior of subatomic particles, genetic mutation, biological evolution and the formation of galaxies. At the same time, better understanding of probability and randomness has helped reduce (but, of course, not eliminate) superstition by showing how seemingly miraculous rare events are...well, inevitable. After all, a royal flush is no less likely than any other hand in poker. It's only our way of seeing that makes it special.

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