Monday, June 19, 2006

Gambling and data structures: William Poundstone

I'm in the middle of reading William Poundstone's Fortune's Formula (The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street). It's a cracking read, bringing together information theory, gambling, investments and the mafia. Years ago I read his The Recursive Universe which contains a wonderful implementation of Conway's Life, which uses a recursive data structure. I recommend both books.

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