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Digital Dice by Paul J. Nahin

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Introduction

Three times he dropped a shot so close to the boat that the men at the oars must have been wet by the splashes—each shot deserved to be a hit, he knew, but the incalculable residuum of variables in powder and ball and gun made it a matter of chance just where the ball fell in a circle of fifty yards radius, however well aimed.

—from C. S. Forester’s 1939 novel Flying Colours (p. 227), Part III of Captain Horatio Hornblower, the tale of a military man who understands probability

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