IT is sometimes stated1 that, given a vast but finite number of particles and an infinity of time, history must needs repeat itself, so that all the particles will find themselves reassembled in some previous arrangement possessing the very same relative positions with the identical original velocities, so that cycle after cycle of similar events must necessarily recur, and history in the large is like the repeating pattern of a wall-paper.
NATURE, 131, 529, April 15, 1933, reviewing J. B. S. Haldane's “The Inequality of Man” (pp. 165–170).
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