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The Drunkard's walk

how randomness rules our lives

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The Drunkard's walk

how randomness rules our lives

1st Vintage Books ed.
  • 3.93 ·
  • 14 Ratings
  • 27 Want to read
  • 0 Currently reading
  • 17 Have read
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Pantheon Books
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252

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In this irreverent and illuminating book, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, change, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious cases, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.The rise and fall of your favorite movie star of the most reviled CEO--in fact, of all our destinies--reflects as much as planning and innate abilities. Even the legendary Roger Maris, who beat Babe Ruth's single-season home run record, was in all likelihood not great but just lucky. And it might be shocking to realize that you are twice as likely to be killed in a car accident on your way to buying a lottery ticket than you are to win the lottery.How could it have happened that a wine was given five out of five stars, the highest rating, in one journal and in another it was called the worst wine of the decade? Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how wine ratings, school grades, political polls, and many other things in daily life are less reliable than we believe. By showing us the true nature of change and revealing the psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge the world around us, Mlodinow gives fresh insight into what is really meaningful and how we can make decisions based on a deeper truth. From the classroom to the courtroom, from financial markets to supermarkets, from the doctor's office to the Oval Office, Mlodinow's insights will intrigue, awe, and inspire.Offering readers not only a tour of randomness, chance, and probability but also a new way of looking at the world, this original, unexpected journey reminds us that much in our lives is about as predictable as the steps of a stumbling man fresh from a night at the bar.From the Hardcover edition.

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Cover of: The Drunkard's walk
The Drunkard's walk: how randomness rules our lives
2009, Pantheon Books
in English - 1st Vintage Books ed.
Cover of: The Drunkard's walk
The Drunkard's walk: how randomness rules our lives
2009, Pantheon Books
in English - 1st Vintage Books ed.
Cover of: The Drunkard's walk
The Drunkard's walk: how randomness rules our lives
2008, Pantheon Books
in English - 1st ed.
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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
May 13, 2008, Pantheon
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The Drunkard's Walk
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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-238) and index.

Classifications

Library of Congress
QA273 .M63 2009, QA273.M63 2009

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Pagination
xi, 252 p. :
Number of pages
252

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23399925M
ISBN 13
9780307275172
LCCN
2009419531
Library Thing
4850753
Goodreads
6314671

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