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Patterns, statistics, and the stars

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Science  17 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6475, pp. 255
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz9644

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Astrology was the first art to capitalize on "the powerful storytelling possibilities inherent in numerical data," writes Alexander Boxer in his new book, A Scheme of Heaven. In that regard, it was the predecessor of all modern big data disciplines. A Scheme of Heaven is an introduction to astrology that offers a handsome primer of the structures and concepts with which astrologers have tried to make our world of data manageable.

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