Seldon's Theorems


The Three Theorems of Psychohistorical Quantitivity:

  1. The population under scrutiny is oblivious to the existence of the science of Psychohistory.
  2. The time periods dealt with are in the region of 3 generations.
  3. The population must be in the billions (75 billions) for a statistical probability to have a psychohistorical validity.

These three theorems were put forward by Hari Seldon at the Decennial Conference for Mathematics at Trantor, just before the meeting with Chetter Hummin and the Flight.

The theorems are a quantisation of what is necessary for the statistical consideration of the probabilities involved with the futures of a population.

If Psychohistory could (which is true, it is hastened to add) be considered an exotic form of differential equation, then the theorems may be considered to be the initial conditions for a general solution.

Martin La Grange

Golan Trevize also discovered a fourth, unstated, axiom in 499FE, that Human Beings are the only intelligent life in the Universe.


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