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The Grand Wheel (1977)
Barrington J. Bayley
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Contributed by Ray Girvan

This is primarily space opera, but with a mathematical element in the fictional discovery of randomatics: a science which shows that the Gambler's Fallacy is true under certain conditions, enabling random sequences - even from, say, subatomic decay - to be predicted by 'randomatic calculus'.

The hero, a gambler and professor of randomatics, is caught up in a three-way battle between between the forces of law and order; an evil gambling cartel called The Grand Wheel; and the Hadranics, aliens who gamble on the fate of galaxies.

While the mathematics is neither very deep nor accurate, the book has a few pleasant in-jokes such as the omnipresent gambling machine called a fermat.

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