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That's why dad mentioned loaded dice, for dice, as you know, are the classical example of probability when they aren't loaded. " Arcot paused, frowning, then resumed half apologetically, "Excuse the lecture-but I don't know how else to get the thought across. You are familiar with the conditions in a liter of helium gas in a container-a tremendous number of molecules, each dashing along at several miles a second, and an equal number dashing in the opposite direction at an equal speed. They are so thickly packed in there, that none of them can go very far before it runs into another molecule and bounces off in a new direction.

40 The Battle of the Infinite Trilogy by John W. Campbell The next evening the men got together for dinner, and there was considerable speculation as to the nature of the discovery that Arcot was going to announce, for even his father had no knowledge of what it was. The two men worked in separate laboratories, except when either had a particularly difficult problem that might be solved by the other. All knew that the new development lay in the field of short wave research, but they could not find out in what way it concerned the problem in hand.

He has a very simple system of anchoring the thing, as I discovered to my sorrow. It's a powerful electro-magnet which he turns on when he lands. The landing deck of the big plane was right above our office aboard, and I found my watch was doing all sorts of antics today. It lost an hour this morning, and this afternoon it gained two. I found it was very highly magnetized-I could pick up needles with the balance wheel. I demagnetized it; now it runs all right. "But to get back, he anchors his ship, then, leaving it invisible, he goes to the air lock, and enters.

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