The Drunkard's Walk How Randomness Rules Our Lives By Leonard Mlodinow (2009, Paperback)

The Drunkard's Walk How Randomness Rules Our Lives By Leonard Mlodinow (2009, Paperback)

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Synopsis
A magnificent exploration of the role that chance plays in our lives. Often historical, occasionally hysterical, and consistently smart and funny, this book challenges everything we think we know--Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness.

With the born storyteller's command of narrative and imaginative approach, Leonard Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how our lives are profoundly informed by chance and randomness and how everything from wine ratings and corporate success to school grades and political polls are less reliable than we believe. By showing us the true nature of chance and revealing the psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge the world around us, Mlodinow gives us the tools we need to make more informed decisions. From the classroom to the courtroom and from financial markets to supermarkets, Mlodinow's intriguing and illuminating look at how randomness, chance, and probability affect our daily lives will intrigue, awe, and inspire.

Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 0307275175
ISBN-13 9780307275172

Key Details
Author Leonard Mlodinow
Number Of Pages 272 pages
Format Paperback
Publication Date 2009-05-05
Language English
Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Additional Details
Copyright Date 2009
Illustrated Yes

Dimensions
Weight 9.5 Oz
Height 0.8 In.
Width 5.2 In.
Length 8 In.

Target Audience
Group Trade

Classification Method
LCCN 2009-419531
LC Classification Number QA273.M63 2009
Dewey Decimal 519.2
Dewey Edition 22

Reviews
"A wonderfully readable guide to how the mathematical laws of randomness affect our lives."--Stephen Hawking, author ofA Brief History of Time "The Drunkard's Walkis a magnificent exploration of the role that chance plays in our lives. Often historical, occasionally hysterical, and consistently smart and funny, this book challenges everything we think we know about how the world works. The probability is high that you will be entertained and enlightened by this intelligent charmer."--Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, and author ofStumbling on Happiness "Fast, chatty, very readable, and a fine introduction to ideas that everyone should know." --David Berlinski, author ofA Tour of the Calculus "A primer on the science of probability."The Washington Post Book World "Mlodinow writes in a breezy style, interspersing probabilistic mind-benders with portraits of theorists ...The result is a readable crash course in randomness."The New York Times Book Review "A jaunty read worthy of any beach or airplane. . . . Mlodinow has an intimate perspective on randomness. . . . He draws direct links from the works of history's greatest minds to the deeds of today's not-so-great ones, explaining phenomena like the prosecutor's fallacy (which helped acquit O.J. Simpson) and the iPod shuffle function (eventually programmed not to be truly random, lest songs hit upon eerie playing streaks)."The Austin Chronicle "Please readThe Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Livesby Leonard Mlodinow, a history, explanation, and exaltation of probability theory. . . . Mlodinow . . . thinks in equations but explains in anecdote, simile, and occasional bursts of neon. . . .The results are mind-bending."Fortune "Challenges our intuitions about probability and explores how, by understanding randomness, we can better grasp our world."Seed Magazine "[Mlodinow is] the perfect guy to reveal the ways unrelated elements can relate and connect."The Miami Herald From the Hardcover edition.

"Mlodinow writes in a breezy style, interspersing probabilistic mind-benders with portraits of theorists.... The result is a readable crash course in randomness." The New York Times Book Review "A wonderfully readable guide to how the mathematical laws of randomness affect our lives." Stephen Hawking, author ofA Brief History of Time "[Mlodinow] thinks in equations but explains in anecdote, simile, and occasional bursts of neon. . . . The results are mind-bending." Fortune "Even if you begin The Drunkard's Walk as a skeptic, by the time you reach the final pages, you will gain an understanding-if not acceptance-of the intuitively improbable ways that probability biases the outcomes of life's uncertainties." Barron's "Delightfully entertaining." Scientific American "A magnificent exploration of the role that chance plays in our lives. The probability is high that you will be entertained and enlightened by this intelligent charmer." Daniel Gilbert, author ofStumbling on Happiness "Mlodinow is the perfect guy to reveal the ways unrelated elements can relate and connect." The Miami Herald "A primer on the science of probability." The Washington Post Book World "Challenges our intuitions about probability and explores how, by understanding randomness, we can better grasp our world." Seed Magazine "Mlodinow has an intimate perspective on randomness." The Austin Chronicle

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