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

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Basic Books, 2017 - Computers
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"An elegant and amusing account ... 'nyone 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

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