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Social Physics

Social Physics

Psychohistory is a fictional way to predict the future of humanity, using mathematical techniques.

Applying maths on human behaviour was initiated by Adolphe Quételet in the 19th century, and is in a way the father of ‘big data’ and other statistical analysis that is prevalent today. He called psychohistory ‘social physics’.

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This is an invaluable tool for the fields of biology, medicine, economics, arts and humanities and the administrative services of the government.

One of the biggest implications of social physics turned out to be election results and the surveys that provide accurate poll result predictions.

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