The Eudaemonic Pie
|Author||Thomas A. Bass|
|Media type||Print, e-book|
|Preceded by||The Predictors|
The book focuses on a group of University of California, Santa Cruz, physics graduate students (known as the Eudaemons) who in the late 1970s and early 1980s designed and employed miniaturized computers, hidden in specially modified platform soled shoes, to help predict the outcome of casino roulette games. The players knew, presumably from the earlier work of Shannon and Thorp, that roulette wheels obey Newtonian physics, and that by capturing the state of the ball and wheel and taking into account peculiarities of the particular wheels being played they could increase their odds of selecting a winning number to gain a 44 percent advantage over the casinos.
A British edition was published under the title The Newtonian Casino.
The major players in The Eudaemonic Pie are also featured in a sequel by the same author, The Predictors, about their subsequent careers in the world of finance.
The similarly themed books include:
- E.O. Thorp, The invention of the first wearable computer
- The Newtonian Casino, page 43. Penguin Books, 1991.
- The Eudaemonic Pie, page 59. Authors Guild backprint edition, 2000.