Law, Order, and Probability

  • Moshe Pollak
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 23)


Probability theory is one of the most misapplied subjects of mathematics. Human intuition often fails when confronted with random phenomena. In this chapter, we try to explain a few basic elements of randomness, its uses, and its description by probability theory. We address the probability argument for intelligent design.


Mutual Fund Intelligent Design Reasonable Doubt Zero Probability Computerize Random Number Generator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of StatisticsThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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