The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow
How Randomness Rules Our Lives

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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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About Leonard Mlodinow

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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.
 
Published May 13, 2008 by Vintage. 272 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Nature & Wildlife, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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On the second note, Mlodinow (Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and Life, 2003, etc.), who knows his Hollywood, quotes a studio executive who once remarked, “If I had said yes to all the projects I turned down, and no to all the other ones I took, it would have worked out about th...

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(Even weirder, and I’m still not sure I believe this, the author demonstrates that the odds change again if we’re told that one of the girls is named Florida.) Mlodinow — the author of “Feynman’s Rainbow,” “Euclid’s Window” and, with Stephen Hawking, “A Briefer History of Time” — writes in a bree...

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'If Gordon Brown's bike had been nicked in identical circumstances,' Parris added, 'we would have dubbed him a prat for chaining it to a stub from which it could be easily lifted, and described the incident as yet another stumble for a hapless politician who seems incapable even of taking his bik...

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I do feel a little sheepish recommending two science books in a row - not to mention surprised at myself, for last week's recommendation, Quantum, contains passages of rather hard science, and I thought that I could do with a break as much as you.

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A few decades later, Blaise Pascal - now more famous for Pascal's wager, which advises you to place your bets on God's existence and live accordingly - devised a table of probabilities now known as Pascal's triangle, which allows gamblers to calculate the probability that a certain sequence of nu...

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Some will try to guess which is next based on the last few cards: if four reds show up in a row, then a green must be "due."

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Austin Chronicle

"Drunkard's walk" is a mathematical term describing random motion, like that of a molecule floating through space, bouncing haphazardly off this or that other molecule.

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