Are Famous Mathematicians Not The Richest Gamblers?

Picture 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.

Ok, 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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