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Richard Arnold Epstein
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He obtained his A.B. degree from UCLA in 1948. He then pursued graduate studies at the University of California Berkeley. He received his doctorate in physics, on the Born formalization of isochromatic lines, in 1961, from the University of Barcelona.
He then shifted from spectroscopy to space communications, and worked for eighteen years as an electronics and communications engineer for various U.S. space and missile programs. He was variously employed by Parsons-Aerojet Company at Cape Canaveral, Glenn L. Martin Company, TRW Space Technology Laboratories, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Hughes Aircraft Space Systems Division. Epstein has numerous technical publications in the areas of probability theory, statistics, game theory, and space communications. In 1956, he was elected to member of the IEEE.
The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic ranks as the most popular of Epstein's technical books. He served as a consultant to public and private gambling casinos in Greece and in Macao, and he has testified on technical aspects of gambling in several court cases.
Under the pseudonym "E. P. Stein", he authored various popular works of fiction as well as historic and non-fictional books, and writes for TV and motion pictures.
Never Split Tens!, a novel based on the life of pioneering blackjack game theorist Edward O. Thorp by gambling writer Les Golden, was published in 2017 by Springer and includes an extensive discussion of Epstein’s analysis of strategies for blackjack that he developed in the 1950’s, independently of.Thorp.
Books by Epstein
- Richard A. Epstein, The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic (revised edition), Academic Press, 1995, Template:ISBN. (Second edition), Academic Press, 2009, Template:ISBN.
Selected journal publications by Epstein
- Richard A. Epstein, "An automatic synchronization technique," IEEE Transactions on Communication Technology, Vol. 13(4), pp. 547–550, 1965.
- Richard A. Epstein, "Relative coverage of large ground antennas," IEEE Transactions on Space Electronics and Telemetry, Vol. 10(1), pp. 31–83, 1964.
Popular works under the pseudonym E. P. Stein
- Anna K. Brando and E. P. Stein, Brando for Breakfast, Berkley Pub Group, 1980, Template:ISBN.
- E. P. Stein, Flight of the Vin Fiz, Arbor House, 1985, Template:ISBN.
- Subtract a square, a mathematical game invented by Epstein
- P. Green Jr., "Review of 'The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic' (Epstein, R. A.; 1967)," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 15(5), pp. 637–638, 1969.
- Richard W. Hamming, "Games of Chance. (Book Reviews: The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic)," Science, Vol. 161(3844), pp. 878, 1968.