Condorcet’s Dream


This is a portrait of the Marquis de Condorcet (1743-1794).  The Enlightenment was about applying reason, evidence, and logic to society.  Condorcet identified mathematics as the best way to do this.  In his last work, he expressed his hope for the future:

The application of the arithmetic of combinations and probabilities to [moral and political] sciences, promises an improvement by so much the more considerable, as it is the only means of giving to their results an almost mathematical precision, and of appreciating their degree of certainty or probability.

Let us move forward together towards realizing Condorcet’s dream of a society made better by the application of mathematics and evidence.