The Law of Small Errors
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Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)  
As the number of words in a manuscript tends to infinity, the probability of a significant error making it into the final version approaches 1. As with any selfrespecting infinite sequence in an undergraduate calculus class, "approaching infinity" here means "a tractable bunch"  the 100,000 words of the average book is definitely big enough.... Devlin goes on to point out an error in a discussion of the birthday problem in his latest book.  


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