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The Perfect Bet

How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling

by Adam Kucharski


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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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Adam Kucharski (Author)

Adam Kucharski is a lecturer in mathematical modeling at the London School of Hygiene & 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 Camb...

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