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Published on Jun 21, 2016
Adam came into our London office to discuss the long and tangled history between betting and science, and explains why gambling continues to generate insights into luck and decision-making. Recorded in May 2016.
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About the book: Gamblers have been trying to figure out how to game the system since our ancestors first made wagers over dice fashioned from knucklebones: in revolutionary Paris, the 'martingale' strategy was rumoured to lead to foolproof success at the roulette table; now, in the 21st century, professional gamblers are using cutting-edge techniques to tilt the odds further in their favour. At the roulette wheel, card table or racecourse, science is giving us the competitive edge over opponents, casinos and bookmakers. But is there such a thing as a perfect bet?
About the author: Adam Kucharski is a lecturer in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His research uses mathematical and statistical models to understand disease outbreaks, and the effects of social behaviour and immunity on transmission and control. During 2014-15, he worked on the analysis of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.