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Author says pi concept key to cashing in at casinos

Today is National Pi Day, and this city is host to a man who may be the biggest fan of "pi" who ever lived.

His name is Tim Hushion, a 64-year-old Californian. He's smart, he's patient and he is concerned about mathematics and what it can do for us.

But Hushion is not into high school lessons like measuring the circumference of a circle, which equals pi (about 3.14, or 2 2/7 ) times the diameter, or finding the area of a circle, which is arrived at by multiplying pi times the radius squared. He's also way beyond measuring the column of a sphere, which equals 4/3 times pi times the radius to the third power.

Hushion has rediscovered a way of using pi that can change the way many everyday things are done, from increasing the chances of winning at casino tables and predicting the chances of NASA having a systems failure during launch, to quantifying the odds of an asteroid slamming into Earth or even the probability of a terrorist attack.

He said he's come to the Buffalo Niagara region because he is writing a nearly finished volume about pi and is having a friend help him edit the book, which carries the working title "The First Book of Geometric Gaming."

To show that there is method to his madness, Hushion played a game of solitaire on a computer. He demonstrated that he could very often predict which card would come up when he turned over a card, increasing his ability to predict the right card by 16 percent.

He said gaming businesses will eventually have to change the way they do things to keep their profits up once his concept comes out.

Hushion, a lawyer, explains it all in his book and is hoping to have it published once his work is completed and edited.

But Hushion is not into gambling. He said his rediscovery of ways to use pi to more accurately predict things can be used to make the world better and safer.

He said his book shows how pi is effective in doing that by taking randomness into consideration in predicting what will happen, something that has not been done before.

e-mail: pwestmoore@buffnews.com

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