Silas Vern's one and only contribution to the great game is the Vern Angle. Vern was actually investigating the problem of how to separate rhubarb from its leaves in the most efficient way, when he realised that his work could be used to form the basis of a predicition line along which the game of MC could be mapped. The Vern Angle is the basis for the Fronsky Diagram
, but its calculation relies very heavily on an accurate calculation of Beck's
and the Freem?
count and it is notoriously difficult to get right.