The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Leonard Mlodinow est physicien au California Institute of Technology. Membre de la Societe americaine de physique. Il a soutenu de nombreux travaux a l'universite de Berkeley. Il a ete l'un des artisans du developpement des cederoms pour enfants chez Disney et a participe pendant plusieurs annees a l'ecriture de scenarios de series televisees telles que Star Trek: The Next Generation et Mac Gyver. Il a egalement co-ecrit avec Stephen Hawkins: Y'a-t-il un grand architecte dans l'Univers ? (Odile Jacob, 2011) et Une belle histoire du temps (Flammarion, 2005)

Praise For…

“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 of A 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 of Stumbling 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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307275172
ISBN-10: 0307275175
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: May 5th, 2009
Pages: 252
Language: English