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05-23-2012, 04:53 AM
 RTFirefly Member Join Date: Apr 1999 Location: Maryland Posts: 24,493
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 Originally Posted by Little Nemo I was including even the top mathematical minds like those you mentioned. Probability just wasn't a direction their mathematical thinking was geared towards. Classical mathematics were aimed at things like proofs - a binary system where answers were either yes or no. Probabilities require you to view things in terms of maybe.
I don't understand why this would have been a barrier. There really are exactly 6 ways a cubic die can come up. And there really are exactly 36 ways a pair of cubic dice can come up. (Easily illustrated by numbering the sides of one die, and coloring the sides of the other with different colors. This is manageable for a Greek. And even though you haven't said it, you've got a sample space.) No 'maybe' in sight.

You don't even need fractions per se, just the notion that certain ways of collecting outcomes from the sample space involve collecting more of those 36 individual outcomes.

Last edited by RTFirefly; 05-23-2012 at 04:53 AM.
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#52
05-23-2012, 09:05 AM
 Quartz Charter Member Join Date: Jan 2003 Location: Home of the haggis Posts: 18,551
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 Originally Posted by Czarcasm Androcles and the Lion.
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Possibly not. Androcles is a derivative of the Greek Andros (cf Heracles) and simply means man of fame and thus could be a generic name.
#53
05-27-2012, 10:35 AM
 Flips187 BANNED Join Date: May 2012 Posts: 18
Matthew 13:10... Theres your answer my friend...god bless Iu
#54
05-27-2012, 10:41 AM
 Flips187 BANNED Join Date: May 2012 Posts: 18
The new testament itself answers ur question

Matthew 13:10
#55
05-27-2012, 11:02 AM
 FinnAgain Guest Join Date: Dec 2003
How did I know that the join date would be May 2012?
#56
05-27-2012, 12:07 PM
 Little Nemo Charter Member Join Date: Dec 1999 Location: Western New York Posts: 47,992
For the record, Matthew 13:10 says "The disciples came to him and asked, 'Why do you speak to the people in parables?'"

Which doesn't seem to really answer my question.

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