# Bruno de Finetti

italian mathematician (1906-1985)

**Bruno de Finetti** (13 June 1906 – 20 July 1985) was an Italian probabilist, statistician and actuary, noted for the "operational subjective" conception of probability.

## QuotesEdit

*Theory of Probability* (1970)Edit

- My thesis, paradoxically, and a little provocatively, but nonetheless genuinely, is simply this :
**PROBABILITY DOES NOT EXIST.**The abandonment of superstitious beliefs about the existence of Phlogiston, the Cosmic Ether, Absolute Space and Time, ... , or Fairies and Witches, was an essential step along the road to scientific thinking. Probability, too, if regarded as something endowed with some kind of objective existence, is no less a misleading misconception, an illusory attempt to exteriorize or materialize our true probabilistic beliefs.

- Preface