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To these All things are subject.

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...Fate, time, occasion, chance and change?— PB Shelley

Probability –  the ratio of the number of favorable cases to that of all the cases possible

 

ALL events, even those which on account of their insignificance do not seem to follow the great laws of nature, are a result of it just as necessarily as the revolutions of the sun.  In ignorance of the ties which unite such events to the entire system of the universe, they have been made to depend upon final causes or upon hazard, according as they occur and are repeated with regularity, or appear without regard to order; but these imaginary causes have gradually receded with the widening bounds of knowledge and disappear entirely before sound philosophy, which sees in them only the expression of our ignorance of the true causes.

 

Taken from Vol. 2  The World of Mathematics.

“Concerning Probability by P.S. de LaPlace
 

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