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  • #616
    wit
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    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><br>"The Secret of the Winning Streak"

    3 of 5. Professor Marcus du Sautoy explains why maths can bring success in gambling and game shows.

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    Who knows, he might have discovered some fractal patterns in the results.

    best regards

    wit<br>

    #34514
    Sailing Shoes
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    Wit,

    Interesting – without doubt I would have missed this had you not posted it…..

    Royal Insitute Chiristmas Lecture – wouldn’t usually get a second glance…

    Cheers :cool:

    #34515
    FlatSeasonLoverFlatSeasonLover
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    Just as long as 4) isn’t the cartel and how they fix it by Alan Ridley:biggrin:

    #34516
    Sailing Shoes
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    Quote: from FlatSeasonLover on 1:48 pm on Dec. 27, 2006[br]Just as long as 4) isn’t the cartel and how they fix it by Alan Ridley:biggrin:

    <br>:biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: <br>

    #34517
    graysonscolumngraysonscolumn
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    Beat me to it, FSL! :biggrin: <br>

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #34518
    Artemis
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    Thanks for reminder, wit.

    I always pencil in these lectures, but sadly I never get to see them because of my wife’s preferences(even with Sky + and two boxes in the house).

    I am seated in front of the TV now!

    #34519
    LetsGetRacing
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    I normally look forward (well, ish) to these programmes during the festive period, but thought tonight’s edition was pretty poor; as interesting as it is to know that ‘jail’ is the most visited square in Monopoly (which, without too much thought, is theoretically pretty obvious) and that some bloke couldn’t find his way around the town without crossing the same bridge twice.

    #34520
    wit
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    uh oh –  tomorrow’s edition is indeed:

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><br>The Case of the Uncrackable Code

    Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals how mathematicians make and break secret messages, and challenges a team from Bletchley Park to unravel an ‘impenetrable’ code<br><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    best regards

    wit

    #34521
    Wallace
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    Looked forward to this but thought it was a poor effort.

    #34522
    clivex
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    Any basic undertanding of statistics or chance surely indicates that there is absolutely no chance of a purely mathematical solution to gambling

    Bleedin obvious isnt it???

    Why do people persist with this rubbish :cheesy:

    #34523
    wit
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    hi clivex,

    to be fair, he never suggested there was a pure mathematical solution.

    he basically did a very simple version of Nigel Speight’s piece on "while the results aren’t predictable, the punters are – know what they do and you can win bigger when you do win".

    best regards

    wit

    #34524
    clivex
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    Thats more interesting . Rather like those economic theories about the nature of crowds etc

    Remember as a kid at a fete… one of those "guess where the treasure is" games. Plant a small flag on a patch of grass…and guess what… 50 odd flags were all placed close together. I placed mine as far away as possible from the "crowd". And i won :cool:  (a quid i think)

    Maybe thats relevent…

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