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From its shady beginnings devising gambling strategies and counting corpses
in medieval London, probability theory and statistical inference now emerge
as better foundations for scientific models, especially those of the process
of thinking and as essential ingredients of theoretical mathematics, even
the foundations of mathematics itself.

---David Mumford

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The dawning of the age of stochasticity,
```*Atti della Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Classe di Scienze Fisiche,
Matematiche e Naturali, Rendiconti Lincei, Serie IX, Matematica e Applicazioni*,
volume XI, 2000, special issue: *Mathematics Towards the Third Millennium*
(Papers from the International Conference held in Rome, May 27--29, 1999), p. 107.
This is quoted from the
beginning of Mumford's article, which offers a fascinating and
refreshing view on thinking as Bayesian inference, and the use of
probability spaces
in image processing.

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