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The first half of the book covers the early history of probability and statistics, which was fascinating as it overlapped a lot with "A short history of nearly everything."
Too often the author
tries to make a concept more concrete by using stock market examples, but short term movements of stock themselves aren't concretely understood.
Towards the end, the author just touches on the concepts of behavioral economics and derivatives, which made me really want to learn more. Fortunately, I know what books to read next.
 

Review: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

User Review  - Cameron - Goodreads

This is an excellent book from the dawn of pop-science for risk management / decision making. It is a history of the development of mathematical tools, societal changes and financial mechanisms to ... Read full review

Review: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Whether you understand probability or not, read this book. It's exciting math history. Seriously. There's gambling too. Read full review

Review: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

User Review  - Ajt568 - Goodreads

I was hoping for a history of statistics but this was heavily bent to financial risk especially the second part. Should have read the title. I found it a good read and not poor as some comments have suggested. Read full review

Review: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

User Review  - Regiment95 - Goodreads

Some parts a bit too technical, but a fascinating read. Read full review

Review: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

User Review  - Boris Mikhailovski - Goodreads

historical account of risks Read full review

Review: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

User Review  - Kusumbar Changmai - Goodreads

"It may appear to be a well-ordered world in which the probabilities yield to careful mathematical analysis, but each of us might just as well retire to a windowless prison cell - a fate that the flutter of a butterfly's wings billions of years ago may have ordained in any case." Read full review

Review: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

User Review  - Douglas O'laughlin - Goodreads

Not the best piece ever written, and can be boring at times. The latter half of the book is extremely interesting, and overall I really appreciated the things I learned. Read full review

Review: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

User Review  - Tim Plett - Goodreads

This book provides a fascinating examination of the history of probability theory and risk management. And all that, of course, makes it a history of insurance and investigating. Uncertainty will always be with us. Read full review

Review: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

User Review  - Kitch Kandack - Goodreads

Dry and a little dated, but still a worthwhile read. Good brush up on history of economics/finance. Read full review


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