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Tom Whipple: How to Win Games and Beat People

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It’s the not the taking part that counts, it’s the winning. Tom Whipple has spoken to preposterously overqualified experts to learn the science behind winning at games.

As everyone knows, it’s not the winning that counts, it’s the taking part. Nonsense: that is the battle cry of the loser. From an aerodynamicist’s advice on paper aeroplanes, to a game theorist’s thoughts on Monopoly, or Andy McNab’s tips on pillow fighting, Tom Whipple has spoken to preposterously overqualified experts to learn some of the surprising science behind how to win at games.

Tom Whipple is the Science Editor at The Times and was awarded the British Society of Magazine Editors Print Writer of the Year in 2015. He is also a bad loser.

[Video and text source: The Royal Institution YouTube channel]

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