The four chances
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Chance is everybody's business. We fear it and we try to control it. Science wants to help us, but do we really know what we can learn from it? Mathematics with the theory of probability has produced a powerful calculation that allows us to understand many things. However, the subject of chance goes much further, and the simple problem of defining it, recognizing it and producing it already leads us beyond the probabilities as mathematics deals with them.
Mathematics ‐ Physics ‐ Computer Science ‐ Finance
The chance of the living
How much chance is there in the origin, functioning and evolution of living things? How can we take into account probabilities to better model it and understand our world? As simple earthlings, we are also the representatives of an ingenious species that interacts with others and impacts the climate. Is our species doomed to extinction, speciation or something else? An invitation to take chance to think and act differently.
Medicine ‐ Biology ‐ Climatology ‐ Geology ‐ Evolution
Chance is undoubtedly a metaphysical or astrophysical concept. But it is perhaps above all a human perception: an individual question that one asks oneself in case of luck or bad luck. Why does it happen to me? How often does it happen to me? Or today? This is a key, intriguing question for all social sciences and humanities.
Cognitive Sciences ‐ Psychology ‐ Philosophy ‐ Sociology ‐ History ‐ Economy
Chance in art
Chance began to play an increasingly central role in the arts, since it was voluntarily introduced into the creative process (as Leonardo da Vinci recommended), following the example of surrealist practices, to the point of touching music, photography, painting, literature... Accident is also an important modality, including involuntary serendipity.
Literature ‐ Music ‐ Plastic arts ‐ Cinema ‐ Photography ‐ Games