The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 13, 2008 - Science - 352 pages
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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.

 


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...and the Universe said “Roll Them Bones!”

User Review  - Donavin B, Science Buyer - Borders

Leonard Mlodinow has written a wonderfully entertaining and accessible book on the huge role randomness plays in our lives. This book is a great antidote to the wishful thinking epitomized by the mega ... Read full review

Flip of a coin

User Review  - Joanna G, Merch - Borders

In his compelling book, “The Drunkard’s Walk,” Leonard Mlodinow explores the implication of randomness and change in our every day lives. By using startling examples, Mlodinow clearly demonstrates ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
The Laws of Truths and HalfTruths
Finding Your Way through a Space of Possibilities
Tracking the Pathways to Success
The Dueling Laws of Large and Small Numbers
False Positives and Positive Fallacies
Measurement and the Law of Errors
The Order in Chaos
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Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and now teaches about randomness to future scientists at Caltech. Along the way he also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation. His previous books include Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace, Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life, and, with Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time. He lives in South Pasadena, California.


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