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the book "A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates", from the RAND Corporation. You might think this is a strange thing to publish, but for some applications pseudo-random numbers (such as those generated by R) may not be suitable

I believe you're kidding here, but just in case someone is taken in, back in 1955 (less than a decade after ENIAC, and four years after the delivery of the first UNIVAC machine), very, very few people had access to mainframes and personal computers wouldn't exist for decades.

Yet many people had a need for random numbers, for various purposes; they had to get them somewhere.

(D&D hadn't been invented yet, so 10-sided dice weren't readily available either. It was pretty much 'draw numbers out of a hat, or buy a book of random digits'.)

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