The Eudaemonic Pie

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A high-tech adventure about breaking the bank in Las Vegas with toe-operated computers. “The result is a veritable piñata of a book, which, when smashed by the reader’s enthusiastic attention, showers upon him everything from the history of useless roulette systems to the latest developments in chaos theory,” said The New York Times.

Richard Dawkins called it “an astonishing and fascinating tale of scientific heroism.”

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Overview

A high-tech adventure about breaking the bank in Las Vegas with toe-operated computers. “The result is a veritable piñata of a book, which, when smashed by the reader’s enthusiastic attention, showers upon him everything from the history of useless roulette systems to the latest developments in chaos theory,” said The New York Times.

Richard Dawkins called it “an astonishing and fascinating tale of scientific heroism.”

The Los Angeles Times said that “Bass has done the best job so far of capturing the marriage of technical imagination and the communal coziness that gave birth to Silicon Valley.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595142361
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Glitter Gulch 1
1 Silver City 15
2 Rambling and Gambling 37
3 Driving Around the Mode Map 61
4 Radios from Other Planets 77
5 Debugging 95
6 The Invention of the Wheel 115
7 Strange Attractors 133
8 Exploring the Envelope 149
9 Lady Luck 169
10 Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions 183
11 Small Is Beautiful 201
12 Magic Shoes 217
13 The City of Computation 231
14 Rebel Science 253
15 "Dear Eudaemons" 271
16 Cleopatra's Barge 289
Epilogue: The Intergalactic Infandibulum 313
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

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    A snapshot of the idealism of the 1970s, a load of info about gambling, physics, and computers. An enticing, delightful, funny book. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    Outstanding

    I loved this well written and interesting book when I read it years ago (as a teenager). I reread the book not too long ago and was mildly surprised that I still find it captivating. The main characters in the Eudaemonic Pie have gone on to live interesting lives, that parallel those described in the book. I believe that last I read, two of the original founders left Los Alamos and their research on chaos theory to start up a company that used chaos theory to predict market trends/fluctuations. Amusing, clever, far-out, thought provoking all come to mind when describing this book.

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