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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Pantheon Books
Publication date May 13, 2008
Pages 252
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375424045
ISBN-10 0375424040
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $24.95
Other format details sci/tech
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

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Hardcover
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from Pantheon Books (May 13, 2008)
9780375424045 | details & prices | 252 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $24.95
About: 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780307275172
 
With Leonard Mlodinow | Reprint edition from Vintage Books (May 5, 2009)
9780307275172 | details & prices | 252 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $15.95
About: 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.
Miscellaneous
With Leonard Mlodinow | from Doubleday (May 13, 2008)
9780307377548 | details & prices | 352 pages | List price $15.00
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