The German was just a happenstance, a castaway in the war for Arzachel.
But the happenstance habits of nature were steadily being integrated into the control program of man.
Out of the chaos of happenstance they were finding rules of order, certain formulas of behavior, equations of force.
This is contrasted to happenstance decision making based on impulsiveness and wishful thinking.
As for deceased, his ontimely evaporation that a-way is but the frootes of happenstance.