The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

by Leonard Mlodinow

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Shortlisted for the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books.

A sharp and occasionally very funny guide to the effects Randomness has on our lives showing how our need to find patterns in the external world can lead us astray. Leonard Mdlodinow packs his text with some startling examples such as the trial of O J Simpson, Hollywood winners and clunkers and the success rates of company executives. Amazing facts, a thorough tour of all the theories of chance, it will give you a great insight into the problems of our random world.


Comparison: The Logic of Life by Tim Harford, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland

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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives Synopsis

Leonard Mlodinow reveals the psychological illusions that prevent us understanding everything from stock-picking to wine-tasting, winning the lottery to road safety, and reveals the truth about the success of sporting heroes and film stars, and even how to make sense of a blood test.


The Drunkard's Walk is an exhilarating, eye-opening guide to understanding our random world - read it, so you won't be left a victim of chance.

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ISBN: 9780141026473
Publication date: 02/04/2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780141026473
Publication date: 2nd April 2009
Author: Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Popular Science,
Categories: Popular mathematics, Probability & statistics,

About Leonard Mlodinow

Leonard Mlodinow has a PhD, has been a member of the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, a television writer in Hollywood, as well as developing many award winning CD-Roms. He is currently Vice President of Emerging Technologies and R&D at Scholastic Inc and lives in New York city. He is the author of Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace (Penguin, 2002) and The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Penguin, 2008).

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