What Are the Odds That What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas?

Travis Wolf, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Mary Jane Hewitt, MD, has a problem. Ever since she read George Eliot’s novel Daniel Deronda in high school, she’s had a fascination with playing roulette. Yet whenever she plays, she loses—just like the novel’s heroine, Gwendolen Harleth. Dr. Hewitt promised her husband, Victor, she would never play roulette again, and in return he promised to completely stop smoking. The problem is that she’s 35,000 feet in the air on a passenger jet flying to Las Vegas to present a paper at the annual meeting of the American...

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