Daily Archives: March 29, 2016

Global Warming Basics: Loaded Dice

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education.
— Tallulah Bankhead

People have been playing with dice for at least 5,000 years. They come in all shapes and sizes, but have a common purpose: to generate randomness. When dice are rolled (or “thrown” or “cast” or “tossed” or “shot,” depending on your verb of choice) many results are possible, but what actually happens isn’t known until it happens. Dice (or one die, to use the singular) are the world’s original random-number generator. We may not know what they’ll give but at least we can figure out what to expect.

If they’re fair, that is.

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