I bought this book on one of those neat little "get a book for 4.95" windows that happily pop up now and then when you have bought something else. I didn't have high hopes for it but for 4.95 I thought "what the heck?"
After listening to it, I would have gladly paid full price. This book explains randomness and some mathematical concepts in such easy to listen to terms that you find yourself listening to it many times just to remind yourself of some of the cool things this book tells you.
My advice is buy it, and then bookmark every place you hear something you might want to refer back to and label it. I am in no way a math geek, but I love this book.
Mlodinow's work is an accessible, well written (and well read) introduction to the concept of randomness, a sober reminder of the often forgotten or unrecognized determinants of outcomes and our deeply flawed understanding of them. Essential and rewarding reading for anyone interested in honing their critical thinking.
This book has a lot of interesting material, although much of it I've seen or heard in other stories and articles. It's got a lot of mathematical concepts (which is fine) that the author attempts to explain just enough to convey a point, but it struggles with whether this is a math book (explaining random number theories) or a psychology book (why we make poor choices associated with randomness) or a history book (the mathematicians who developed the solutions). Given all of that it ends up not focusing on one aspect of it and thus ends up with a lot more words than are really necessary to make his point. That all being said it's interesting, and I'm glad I read it. I would recommend it someone interested in, but without background, in the concepts, but not to a general audience.
A bit like Thinking Fast & Slow, but less dense and more philosophical. Mlodinow dares to talk about life and how you can apply randomness theory to real life. Plus all the good tidbits that you want to use at your next research presentation, to wow everyone. Sean Pratt does a great narration, too.
This book was fairly technical and some people who have not been taught or read up on probability and statistics may have to reread/relisten some sections a few times or read up on the material. That being said I really enjoyed this book, it may have been technical and not suited to be a easy beach read (you know unless you into that... I know I am). This book really gets at the finer points of randomness and very much like the title implies how its rules your life and how you don't think it does. If you take the authors word on the information that is being said (and I believe you should) it will crush your misconceptions of many thoughts, ideas and assumptions that seem to be falsely engrained in society and popular culture. The story is also very well done, with many actual examples mixed with his particular humor that the author has faced in his life, including being misdiagnosed with HIV and the prob/stats related. Overall this is a great technical book and I would highly recommend it to anyone with a basic understanding of prob/stats (or a willingness to learn) and want to understand the world from a different perspective.
Life's statistics explained
I don't want to ruin any of it, it's just all so good.
I'm not sure, but he does a great job with this narration.
Most of its contents moved me.
A great and engaging book that will leave you better off once you've finished it.
I really like books that take something most people don't get or care to get and make it palatable. I was able to understand probability theory very well and that made my commute time work for me.
I don't know how many of my friends would like it as much as I did, but there is the limit of the content. Probability theory and the history of it only has so much that people can be interested in; I believe that many people would find only a few of the concepts useful on a daily basis, therefore making it difficult to stay focused for long periods of time.
I thought that the draw in on Pascal's Triangle was very well done and I liked thinking of all the possibilities.
Not likely, mostly because it isn't written that way. There are few books about mathematical theories that translate to the big screen.
It really did the job of explaining things that I wanted to know. I think that there are a lot of interesting aspects of different theories that are interesting when you know the history and development--and most importantly--the uses.
The content of this book does not live up to its title. It does not show how 'Randomness Rules our Lives'! I expected something completely different. As I'm not particularly into maths and stats, I felt bombarded by it, whereas that which would have been of interest to me was missing. I barely managed to finish listening, and eventually raced through at full speed simply to get it over with.
It was a good listen to break up the fiction, but I missed my fiction afterward :)
N/A, no real story, it's non-fiction, but it was a good understanding of statistics, and why humans tend to attribute behavior incorrectly to statistically sound systems.
A comphrehensive narrative about mathematics, statitistics, probability and its hystory. This was one of my first book aquisition in Audiobook... I recommend this book for the fans of science!!