Edwin Thompson Jaynes

American physicist (1922-1998)

Edwin Thompson Jaynes (July 5, 1922April 30, 1998) was a physicist and statistician, and author of Probability Theory: The Logic of Science.

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Probability Theory: The Logic of Science (2003) edit

  • The semiliterate on the next bar stool will tell you with absolute, arrogant assurance just how to solve the world's problems; while the scholar who has spent a lifetime studying their causes is not at all sure how to do this.
  • It appears to be a quite general principle that, whenever there is a randomized way of doing something, then there is a nonrandomized way that delivers better performance but requires more thought.

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