(Podcast) Why Are Famous Mathematicians Not The Richest Gamblers?
the scene: Galileo, a true polymath and titan of science, sits in Monte
Carlo, that most glamorous of gambling venues. But today, he isn’t
contemplating the spinning of the planets. Instead, his gaze is
concentrated on a smaller spinning object: a roulette wheel.
it’s an unlikely scenario, but there’s a real question here. Let’s put
it another way: if gaming is all about probability, why aren’t all
mathematicians insanely wealthy? There are plenty of theories as to why
expertize in math doesn’t necessarily make for gambling riches, but here
are three possibilities: firstly, we might – just might – win big at
the casino, but we can’t escape our psychology. Secondly, it takes money
to make money. And sometimes – just sometimes – there are more
important things than cash.
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