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The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling Paperback – September 26, 2017
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- Publisher : Basic Books; Reprint edition (September 26, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1541697235
- ISBN-13 : 978-1541697232
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.73 x 5.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #392,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book was so interesting that I have read it in one day. Not a common thing for me, but it is a nice mix of history, maths, and sets out some practical theories that are of interest to me in general.
By Michael Moore on December 13, 2020
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Those who are mathematically educated (or indeed simply a fan of pop-science books) will delight at historical mentions of the likes of Poincare, Fermat and others, whose probabilistic ponderings resulted in the evolution of game theory. There is a sprinkling of modern Michael Lewis type characters - mathematical PhDs with a love of loot. Anecdotal stories are in abundance of those who have tried to win at roulette, poker, draughts, scratch cards, chess and landing on the world of modern day online betting. We are exposed to the origins of the Monte Carlo method and Markov chain and even high frequency trading gets a mention.
The author certainly has an enormous interest in the subject and it is obvious to see from the vast number of characters introduced that this book could have been twice as thick and still as entertaining. However I think the publishers/reviewers probably did the right thing on reigning in the odd side plot.
This book certainly is more a historical tale than advice. In fact having finished the book there is the same level of "oh well" one feels having read Benjamin Grahams "The Intelligent Investor". Winning is hard. Profits are small. Don't give up the day job. Just yet.......there must be an anomaly somewhere......
A fascinating piece of mathematical history.