The Newtonian Casino
This book retells the theoretical and technical breakthroughs made by a group of people into the gambling systems of American casinos. It follows their attempts to solve the complex physics of roulette, which leads them to invent microprocessors that fit into shoes, to use toe switches and body sensors to relay information, and ultimately to make their assault on the gambling palaces of Las Vegas. Along the way the reader is given an insight into the cutting edge of computer science: on chaos theory, strange attractors, and other concepts in contemporary physics: on the history of roulette and the many different systems devised over the years for beating the odds at all sorts of games of chance.
- Hardback | 348 pages
- 134.62 x 218.44 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
- 01 May 1990
- Pearson Education Limited
- Harlow, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Glitter gulch; silver city; rambling and gambling; driving around the mode map; radios from other planets; debugging; the invention of the wheel; strange attractors; exploring the envelope; lucky lady; sensitive dependence on initial conditions; small is beautiful; magic shoes; the city of computation; rebel science; "Dear Eudaemons"; Cleopatra's barge. Epilogue - the intergalactic infandibulum.