Monday, January 7, 2013

'God does not play dice' ... and neither do Las Vegas casinos

'God does not play dice' ... and neither do Las Vegas casinos.
 adapted by Harley from Albert Einstein, whose views were summed up in his famous phrase, "I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world" when he became unhappy about the apparent randomness in nature. In nature and in the casinos, you could set up a certain situation, yet the outcome would still depend on chance, and there would be no absolute certainty about the result. Neither Einstein nor the Las Vegas Casinos and Nevada Gaming Board like that idea.

... it seems that even God is bound by the Uncertainty Principle, and can not know both the position, and the speed, of a particle. So God does play dice with the universe. All the evidence points to him being an inveterate gambler, who throws the dice on every possible occasion.

 Professor Stephen W. Hawking 

If God has made the world a perfect mechanism, He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect that in order to predict little parts of it, we need not solve innumerable differential equations, but can use dice with fair success.
— Max Born Quoted in H R Pagels, The Cosmic Code

A gambler with a system must be, to a greater or lesser extent, insane.
— George Augustus Sala (1828-95) English writer and journalist

Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing.  It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it.
 Henry Ward Beecher

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
Albert Einstein

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.

— Sun Tzu in the "The Art of War"

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded ...
"Everybody Knows" song by LEONARD COHEN

"Oh Gravity, thou art a heartless bitch!"
— Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper

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