“Daddy, will you play a game with me?”
“Sure! What shall we play?”
My daughter fished around in the cupboard, then thumped a box on the table. My heart sank. “Snakes and Ladders”, she announced.
As I fixed my grin in place and started rolling the die, I got to wondering: How many turns does a game of Snakes and Ladders last, on average? By the time I’d slid down my first snake, I knew how I could find out: I would set my computer playing snakes and ladders, over and over, and instruct it to count how... (more)