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

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

“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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William Elliott says:

A Safe Bet I bought this book after listening to an article on BBC Radio 4. The book talks about betting of course but looks at the role maths and the various sciences play in gambling. I was thoroughly tickled to learn how experiments in friction on a roulette ball were scuppered by the presence of fog at the University of California Santa Cruz campus, particularly as I am familiar with Santa Cruz and it’s penchant for foggy days.This book was so interesting that I have read it in one day…

Alan Buckle says:

Splendid value


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