The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 13, 2008 - Science - 352 pages
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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User Review  - Paul-the-well-read - LibraryThing

Having read and enjoyed "Upright Thinkers," I expected to be equally impressed with Mlodinow's other work and this book met and exceeded my expectations. The book was enjoyable to read because of the ... Read full review

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Well known book that I finally got around to reading. Not a book I'm going to reread anytime soon, but an excellent treatment of the material. I wish math courses in K-12 would include books like ... Read full review


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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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