The application of numbers to life has always intrigued and confused me. I am not uninitiated in the practice. I tested quite well in Physics with Calculus, taught to me by a funny Lithuanian Jesuit who was also a concert violinist. But my later life experiences placed the hopeful predictability of algorithms applied to life in perspective. I understand the arrogance of computer geeks. It is a heady experience to see your math bring results and great wealth. The illusion of control in the human condition is like a drug.
Control and process are two different things. Developing process brings greater influence over randomness. Randomness, however, is still the state of being in The Universe. Life does come at you. The best I can do in the most fundamental way is to learn to work with my own variables to my best ability to foster peace in my mind, in my body and in my immediate environment. All else will follow.