The Newtonian Casino

The Newtonian Casino

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 134.62 x 218.44 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • LONGMAN
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • 0582057523
  • 9780582057524

Review Text

The true story of how a group of young physicists and computer scientists developed a computer to predict the results of roulette. They then smuggled the device into the casinos of Las Vegas, hidden in the soles of thier shoes. This book is an introduction to computing as well as a thriller. (Kirkus UK)show more

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.show more

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