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Digital Dice by Paul J. Nahin

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Preface to the Paperback Edition

It is only the theoretic derivation of an answer that interests me; not its computer confirmation. A Monte Carlo derivation only serves to taunt me in cases where a theoretic result is not known.

—excerpt from a letter sent to the author by an unhappy academic mathematician who had just finished reading the hardcover edition of Digital Dice

As the opening quotation shows, the late, great Ricky Nelson was right when he sang, in his classic 1972 soft-rock song “Garden Party,” that “You can’t please everybody so you / got to please yourself.” I was puzzled, and still am, at how one could be curious about the numerical ...

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