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    DescriptionWith 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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    Title
    The Drunkard's Walk
    Subtitle
    How Randomness Rules Our Lives
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leonard Mlodinow
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 252
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307275172
    ISBN 10: 0307275175
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: MAT
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC21: 519.2
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PBT
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Libri: ENGM4540
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26280
    DC22: 519.2
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A51150000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MAT029000
    BIC subject category V2: PBWS, GPFC
    BISAC V2.8: SCI086000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI012000
    B&T Approval Code: A50890000
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: P0040567, WAHR5000
    LC classification: QA273 .M63 2009
    Thema V1.0: PBT, PBWS
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    05 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "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"
    Table of contents
    Prologue Chapter 1: Peering through the Eyepiece of Randomness The hidden role of chance . . . when human beings can be outperformed by a rat. Chapter 2: The Laws of Truths and Half-Truths The basic principles of probability and how they are abused . . . why a good story is often less likely to be true than a flimsy explanation. Chapter 3: Finding Your Way through a Space of Possibilities A framework for thinking about random situations . . . from a gambler in plague-ridden Italy to Let’s Make a Deal. Chapter 4: Tracking the Pathways to Success How to count the number of ways in which events can happen, and why it matters . . . the mathematical meaning of expectation. Chapter 5: The Dueling Laws of Large and Small Numbers The extent to which probabilities are reflected in the results we observe . . . Zeno’s paradox, the concept of limits, and beating the casino at roulette. Chapter 6: False Positives and Positive Fallacies How to adjust expectations in light of past events or new knowledge . . . mistakes in conditional probability from medical screening to the O. J. Simpson trial and the prosecutor’s fallacy. Chapter 7: Measurement and the Law of Errors The meaning and lack of meaning in measurements . . . the bell curve and wine ratings, political polls, grades, and the position of planets. Chapter 8: The Order in Chaos How large numbers can wash out the disorder of randomness . . . or why 200,000,000 drivers form a creature of habit. Chapter 9: Illusions of Patterns and Patterns of Illusion Why we are often fooled by the regularities in chance events . . . can a million consecutive zeroes or the success of Wall Street gurus be random? Chapter 10: The Drunkard’s Walk Why chance is a more fundamental conception than causality . . . Bruce Willis, Bill Gates, and the normal accident theory of life. Acknowledgments Notes Index