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What are the chances of having two identical snooker games?

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Snooker is a chaotic game ever for the best players, so how likely is it that two identical games have been played?

Asked by: Len Rogers, London

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Very slim indeed, because snooker involves so-called chaotic processes, in which just small changes produce radically different outcomes. Rough calculations show that if two snooker games are played with the first red ball struck to within a hair’s breadth of the exact same position, the games will be hugely different after around half a dozen shots.


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Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.

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