The Drunkard's Walk

The Drunkard's Walk

How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Book - 2008
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An irreverent look at how randomness influences our lives, and how our successes and failures are far more dependent on chance events than we recognize.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780375424045
Characteristics: xi, 252 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 26, 2017

Author's use of humor and historical anecdotes makes a potentially dry subject into an enjoyable read. Destroys many myths re success in sport, management, and stock fund management. An entertaining introduction to probability and statistics, and a reminder of how broadly applicable (and not well applied) they are in daily living.

Jun 30, 2016

"The Drunkard's Walk" gives an engaging tour of the world of probability and statistics. Leonard Mlodinow writes in a personal, lively and non-technical fashion. His examples range from the foundations of Pascal and deMoivre through the current applications in neurology and social psychology.

Sep 02, 2014

A fascinating look at the science of randomness, which, according to the author, is vastly misunderstood by the mass media, the legal system and society in general. Mlodinow’s lively writing and humor illuminates what could have been a dry topic (math, statistics) with examples from the World Series, professional gambling and the movie industry. You’ll think twice about your next encounter with a “crazy coincidence.”

Jul 14, 2014

This book which chronicles the development of and progress of Probability and Statistics is well-written and makes a very complicated subject easy. Mlodinow uses examples and tests from everyday life to illustrate complex subjects and succeeds in getting through to us. An eminently readable book.

Mar 09, 2014

A nice book: easy to read, with a good message (on compassion to others and appreciation of what we have), with many entertaining details about lives of math geniuses, and many humorous lines. Great book!

Jul 23, 2012

A must read for everyone. It is the most entertaining math book I've ever read. It even includes a nice history of probability and statistics.

Jun 27, 2012

SPL get some copies to put on hold- I wanna read this!

Dec 16, 2011

A very entertaining podcast of a lecture given by the author discussing this book can be found at:

johnf108 Aug 29, 2011

Interesting book about how random events affect us. I found it better than the Taleb book on the subject.

The author is an Evanston High School grad..

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