Medieval Gamblers Turned Their Back on Fate and Made Dice Fair

1/19/2018 - Professor of Anthropology Jelmer Eerkens in New Scientist.

The dice used by gamers and gamblers in northern Europe became much more fair about 600 years ago. What’s more, the pattern on the faces changed, and these trends together might reflect people’s growing awareness that bets were decided by chance, not by the gods – even though probability theory was centuries away.

Dice often turn up in archaeological digs, but are rarely studied systematically. Now Jelmer Eerkensat the University of California Davis...

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