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Like other experiments in science, those in probability require great skill. It is customary in works on probability, and we have fol- 3'3 . FALLACIES lowed the practice in this book, to refer to experiments with coins and dice as though idealized, symmetrical coins and dice had been used. T h e difference in the results can be considerable. In Chapter XV we shall study an experiment in which ordinary dice were used. Twelve dice were thrown 4,096 times, the equivalent of 49,152 throws of a single die, and we shall point out that the laws of chance were not followed.

At the bridge table you consider it remarkable in the extreme if you pick up your hand and find thirteen cards of the same suit, and we agree at once that it is very remarkable, in the sense that it is very rare. But an equally remarkable and rare thing happens every time you pick u p a hand. For at the moment that you reached for your cards the chance that your hand would contain the very cards it did contain was exactly equal to the chance that it would contain, say, thirteen spades. We attach a particular importance to the latter hand because, in the first place, it is so easy to describe and, in the second, because it has a particular significance in the game of bridge.

Yet this same man will sit down to a game of cards and find it perfectly natural to attempt to terminate a run of bad hands by taking three turns around his chair. These superstitious beliefs are a heritage from a past, in which magic and the black arts, witchcraft, sorcery, and compacts with the devil were among the common beliefs of the people. Today many of them have passed away, especially those more obviously contradicted by the findings of modern science. I t has been a long time since the last trial for witchcraft at Salem.

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