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Roulette Computers

2006-09-18 19:22:59.720235+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Ages ago I read a fascinating book called The Newtonian Casino[Wiki], about a group of people who, in the '70s, built computers in their shoes to give them an edge in roulette. Various dependability issues meant that they never made any real money from the process, but I didn't know that Edward O. Thorp built an analog wearable computer to solve roulette, and used it in 1961.

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-18 22:29:23.252575+00 by: mvandewettering

Two books that deal with topics either directly or tangentially are The Eudaemonic Pie by Bass, and Fortunes Formula by William Poundstone.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-19 15:42:12.218988+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

The Newtownian Casino[Wiki] was, apparently, the first name under which the book now called Eudamonic Pie[Wiki] was released. I'll have to go discover Fortune's Formula[Wiki] now.