…Throughout much of human history, people consciously and intentionally produced randomness. They frequently used dice – or dice-shaped animal bones and other random objects – to gamble, for entertainment, predict the future and communicate with deities. Despite all this engagement with controlled random processes, people didn’t really think of probability in mathematical terms prior to 1600. All of the ingredients were there — people had rigorous theories of geometry and algebra, and the ability to rig a game of dice would have certainly provided an incentive to study probability — but, there’s very little evidence that they thought about randomness in mathematical terms.
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