How maths changed gambling… and gambling changed maths, a talk by Dr Adam Kucharski (Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
From the statisticians forecasting sports scores to the intelligent bots beating human poker players, mathematics has revolutionised gambling. But gambling has also had a huge impact on maths and science, shaping everything from probability and statistics to game theory and artificial intelligence.
Drawing on research for my book The Perfect Bet, I’ll look at the long and tangled history between betting and science, and explore how gambling continues to generate insights into luck and decision-making today.
Adam Kucharski is an assistant professor in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he uses mathematical and statistical techniques to investigate infectious disease outbreaks. Winner of the 2012 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, his popular science articles have appeared in the Observer, Wired, New Scientist and Scientific American. He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Warwick and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
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