Richard Arnold Epstein (born
March 5, 1927, Los
Angeles), also known under the pseudonym
E. P. Stein, is a notable American game
- This article is about Richard Epstein the American game
theorist; for the professor of law, see Richard Epstein.
obtained his A.B. degree from UCLA in
1948. He then pursued graduate studies at the
California Berkeley. He received his doctorate in physics, on the Born
formalization of isochromatic lines, in 1961, from the University of
He then shifted from spectroscopy
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
Company, TRW, Space
Technology Laboratory , the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, and Hughes Aircraft
Space Systems Division.
Epstein has numerous technical
publications in the areas of probability theory
, and space communication
. 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.
Books by Epstein
- Richard A. Epstein, The Theory of Gambling and Statistical
Logic (revised edition), Academic Press, 1995, ISBN
012240761X. (Second edition), Academic Press, 2009, ISBN
Selected journal publications by Epstein
- Richard A. Epstein, "An automatic synchronization technique,"
IEEE Transactions on Communication Technology,
Vol. 13(4), pp. 547-550,
- Richard A. Epstein, "Relative coverage of large ground
antennas," IEEE Transactions on Space Electronics and
Telemetry, Vol. 10(1), pp.
Popular works under E. P. Stein pseudonym
- Anna K. Brando and E. P. Stein, Brando for Breakfast, Berkley Pub Group,
1980, ISBN 0425046982.
- E. P. Stein, Flight of the Vin
Fiz, Arbor House, 1985, ISBN 0877956723.
- 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,
- Epstein Biography, IEEE Transactions on Space Electronics
and Telemetry, Vol. 10(1), 1964, p. 47.