The place, time, and conditions all conspire mathematically and so, inevitably, to the development of a Second Galactic Empire. Riose's voice trembled with indignation. “You mean that this art of his predicts that I would attack the Foundation and lose such and such a battle for such and such a reason? You are trying to say that I am a silly robot following a predetermined course into destruction. “No,” replied the old patrician, sharply. “I have already said that the science had nothing to do with individual actions.