Gambling & Mathematics

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Many people know that mathematicians have used their knowledge of numbers as an advantage when gambling (For example: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/21/)

What we might not know is that a LOT of new mathematical knowledge was developed as a result of gambling or “games of chance”.

Check out the Guardian article here:  https://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/2016/may/05/seven-lucky-ways-that-gambling-changed-maths

BADGING:

Read the above article.  Each of the 7 bullet points lists a mathematician (or two) that contributed to this new knowledge.  Pick any three of the mathematicians listed.  Summarize (from the article) what they did to promote a new mathematical understanding based on their “hobby” of gambling.  Then research each mathematician online (Wikipedia is fine) and add a sentence or two (per mathematician) about what else they are known for (in mathematics or outside of mathematics).

 

 

 

 

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