The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling

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Basic Books, Feb 23, 2016 - Mathematics - 288 pages
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"An elegant and amusing account.... Anyone planning to enter a casino or place an online bet would be advised to keep this book handy." --Wall Street Journal
For the past 500 years, gamblers-led by mathematicians and scientists-have been trying to figure out how to pull the rug out from under Lady Luck. In The Perfect Bet, mathematician and award-winning writer Adam Kucharski tells the astonishing story of how the experts have succeeded, revolutionizing mathematics and science in the process. The house can seem unbeatable. Kucharski shows us just why it isn't. Even better, he demonstrates how the search for the perfect bet has been crucial for the scientific pursuit of a better world.
 

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The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling

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On first blush, Kucharski, a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, would seem out of his comfort zone with this detailed exploration of how mathematics and physics operate in ... Read full review

THE PERFECT BET: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling

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A lucid yet sophisticated look at the mathematics of probability as it's played out on gaming tables, arenas, and fields. Scissors cut paper, rock smashes scissors, paper covers rock: we all know the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
The Three Degrees of Ignorance
A Brute Force Business
From Los Alamos to Monte Carlo
Pundits with PhDs
Rise of the Robots
Life Consists of Bluffing
The Model Opponent
Beyond Card Counting
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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Adam Kucharski is an assistant professor in mathematical modeling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an award-winning science writer. He studied at the University of Warwick before completing a PhD in mathematics at the University of Cambridge. The winner of the 2012 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, Kucharski lives in London.

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