Seemingly random occurrence, miracles and other things: maybe not so?
In a new book on probabilities, David J. Hand writes that through the "law of truly large numbers' that because we live in a time of billions of people and therefore billions of events, maybe those rare and miraculous events are not so: they will occur so why not now?
from the article:
- Humanity made "a major conceptual advance" when, in the mid-17th century, it began to understand "the step from the unpredictability of individual events to the predictability of aggregates of events." Hand rates this insight as "on a par with the intellectual leap which led to the concept of gravity as a universal force acting between objects."