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Benford’s Law And A Theory of Everything

31st January 2011

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In 1938, the physicist Frank Benford made an extraordinary discovery about numbers. He found that in many lists of numbers drawn from real data, the leading digit is far more likely to be a 1 than a 9. In fact, the distribution of first digits follows a logarithmic law. So the first digit is likely to be 1 about 30 per cent of time while the number 9 appears only five per cent of the time.

2 Responses to “Benford’s Law And A Theory of Everything”

  1. RealRick Says:

    Tim, broken link.

  2. Tim of Angle Says:

    I hate it when that happens. Fixed now.