Richard Arnold Epstein

Richard Arnold Epstein (born March 5, 1927, Los Angeles), also known under the pseudonym E. P. Stein, is an American game theorist.

Richard Arnold Epstein
Born (1927-03-05) March 5, 1927
ResidenceUnited States
Other namesE. P. Stein
Alma materUniversity of Barcelona
Known forGame theory
Scientific career
FieldsPhysicist and electronic engineer
InstitutionsParsons-Aerojet Company
Glenn L. Martin Company
Space Technology Laboratory
Hughes Aircraft


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.[1]


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 Macao, and 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.[2]

Books by Epstein

  • Richard A. Epstein, The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic (revised edition), Academic Press, 1995, ISBN 0-12-240761-X. (Second edition), Academic Press, 2009, ISBN 0-12-374940-9.

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.
  • Anna K. Brando and E. P. Stein, Brando for Breakfast, Berkley Pub Group, 1980, ISBN 0-425-04698-2.
  • E. P. Stein, Flight of the Vin Fiz, Arbor House, 1985, ISBN 0-87795-672-3.

See also


  1. "Contributors". IEEE Transactions on Space Electronics and Telemetry. 10: 47. 1964. doi:10.1109/TSET.1964.4335592.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


  • 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.
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