Betting tips for beginners: speak to an academic

New book on gambling also highlights how scientists can learn a great deal themselves at the racetrack or in the casino A new book explores the many important insights academics have found in gambling – and those who have tried to “turn hard science into hard cash”.  Adam Kucharski, lecturer in mathematical modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, said that the possible application of his scholarly work to gambling had been “a side interest throughout my mathematical career”. Although his research focuses on the outbreak and transmission of diseases, the techniques still depend on “the ability to measure risk and whether something other than luck is involved”, so he was intrigued “to find out where the ideas I use every day actually come…

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