Peter N. Saeta

Professor of Physics
Harvey Mudd College
Keck 1247
909-607-3939
saeta (at) hmc.edu

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The art of concluding from experience and observation consists in evaluating probabilities, in estimating if they are high or numerous enough to constitute proof. This type of calculation is more complicated and more difficult than one might think. It demands a great sagacity generally above the power of common people. The success of charlatans, sorcerers, and alchemists — and all those who abuse public credulity — is founded on errors in this type of calculation.

Benjamin Franklin