A Quote by Dr. John Arbuthnot on darkness, force, imagination, knowledge, observation, and rules

The Reader may here observe the Force of Numbers, which can be successfully applied, even to those things, which one would imagine are subject to no Rules. There are very few things which we know, which are not capable of being reduc'd to a Mathematical Reasoning; and when they cannot it's a sign our knowledge of them is very small and confus'd; and when a Mathematical Reasoning can be had it's as great a folly to make use of any other, as to grope for a thing in the dark, when you have a Candle standing by you.

Dr. John Arbuthnot (1667 - 1735)

Source: Of the Laws of Chance. (1692)

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