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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives - Community Reviews back

by Leonard Mlodinow
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Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
This is just a really good, basic introduction to understanding statistics and their applications to social sciences and natural sciences, sports, the world of finance, and everywhere we see patterns in life. It has a heavy historical slant, telling the stories of how theories were developed, and I...
bookaneer
bookaneer rated it 5 years ago
~~Moved from GR~~ The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow Agh, I love this book. The first time I read it, I hadn't yet encountered The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference or Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everythi...
SF Fan Man
SF Fan Man rated it 6 years ago
If we were all unfeeling iRobots (floor cleaners) who respond to the random encounters in our lives by simply changing direction then the premise of this book is justified, for we would all follow our individual drunkard's walks to whatever probabilistic future awaits us. However taking this a step ...
Osho
Osho rated it 7 years ago
My bone to pick with this popular stats/probability text is that Mlodinow indulges in the same sloppy examples and logic that marred so many of my math and science classes. If you're going to talk probability, stick with dice. As a nerd from the early days of Dungeons and Dragons, I completely under...
mathstalio
mathstalio rated it 7 years ago
I think this book is a must-read for any person who considers themselves an informed citizen: it reveals the misunderstanding of probability and statistics that a majority of the population has and will enable you to determine the true significance of polls, surveys, and statistics thrown out in cur...
Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it 7 years ago
Worth reading, and for me it's worth buying. Explains a lot of mathematical theories related to probabilities and chance in clear, friendly language.I thought it was interesting that he was able to explain things so clearly without using any formulas. Maybe I should recommend it to my students.
davdittrich read
davdittrich read rated it 9 years ago
http://pro-libertate.net/20100322/116-read-drunkard039s-walk-how-randomness-rules-our-lives
Another fine mess
Another fine mess rated it 10 years ago
Clear and generally effective, but never particularly invigorating in its claims; for better and worse, very chatty. I like math (NERD!), and would have liked a bit more of a challenge (see David Foster Wallace's Everything and More). But it's more fun than any 36 of 40 math teachers, so what the ...
Reflections
Reflections rated it 11 years ago
Very clarifying--like a glass of cold water thrown on your face
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