This book crams a lot of information into a short time. I thought it was a fascinating look at the intersections between statistics and psychology. A lot of the book is devoted to exploring the ways that the human mind misinterprets randomness and misunderstands probabilities. The author brings out examples from game theory, the stock market, and scientific studies, then explains how your instincts probably don't match reality when a random (or uncertain) element is in play.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was that I wanted more.
I enjoy passionate narrators. Great content is also a good thing.
This was a great read. One of the things that made this book stand out was its telling of the main story and all of its great side stories. It didn't take too much time with the side stories that you wanted to skip ahead or were bored. Another thing was the way that the book was put together with a great climatic end.
Surprisingly entertaining. No nearly as dry as I had expected based on some of the other reviews. As usual with Audible books though, the delivery is lethargic and you need to listen with the speed ramped up to at least 150%.
I would recommend just sitting back and listening to the flow of logic and the history of the subject.
If you want a reference book you might need a text version.
This is non-fiction. There are no 'characters'. Blaise Pascal was pretty cool.
He's not the best. He struggled with pronunciations.
No, it's a book to be savored.
The book is a really great listen! The mathematical stories are compelling and the examples and scenarios the author uses are easy to picture. An excellent book!
The Drunkards Walk takes a look at why our lives are ruled by more randomness than we would like to admit. Mlodinow's explanation of why hindsight is always 20/20 but trying to predict future events with flawed assumptions, faulty match, and missing variables is a very challenging endeavor. Kept reminding me of the Thomas Jefferson quote that "the harder I work the more luck I seem to have". When Mlondiow's talked about that even if things are more random than we like, the more at bats you get at it by taking risks and giving it a try the more opportunities you will make for your self. A very good listen even if it is a bit unsettling.
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.