In case my previous note on the law of small numbers confused anyone, I’ll compare it to the law of large numbers.

The law of large numbers is a **mathematical theorem**; the law of small numbers is an observation about **human psychology**.

The name law of large numbers is a standard term applied to a theorem about the convergence of random variables. (OK, actually two theorems. Like nuclear forces, the laws of large numbers comes in a strong and a weak form.)

The name law of small numbers is a pun, and I don’t believe the term is commonly used. Too bad. It’s a convenient label for a common phenomena.