Category Archives: Games

Ancient probability

Although modern probability theory dates to the 1600s, our ancestors have been playing games of chance for a very long time. Via the amazing Cliff Pickover, for example, check out this ancient die (circa 2500 B.C.) from the Indus Valley Civilization. (Photo Credit: … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Games, History, Probability | 1 Comment

We owe Tom Brady an apology …

When news of #DeflateGate broke after the AFC Championship Game in January 2015, we were among the first bloggers to condemn quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for breaking NFL rules. After all, the Patriots have cheated before, … Continue reading

Posted in Bayesian Reasoning, Culture, Current Affairs, Games, Law, Sports | Leave a comment

Simple Explanation of the Monty Hall Problem

This is the simplest and fastest explanation of the Monty Hall Problem we have ever seen.

Posted in Bayesian Reasoning, Games, Probability | 4 Comments

One-dimensional circle chess

Posted in Games, Rules | Leave a comment

Seriously, why is beach volleyball an Olympic sport?

While we brace ourselves for NBC’s excessive coverage of the venerable sport of beach volleyball at the 2016 Olympics, we want to second the snobbish sentiments of Paul Lewis, who wrote the following wisecracks during the 2008 Olympics: “The cynic … Continue reading

Posted in Games, Sports | 4 Comments

A beautiful free kick (in Spanish)

Posted in Games, Probability, Sports | Leave a comment

Anatomy of a shot block

Posted in Games, Probability, Science, Sports | Leave a comment