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!!
I think no matter what stage you are in your life, this book will give you insight into a great deal of how the world turns. It may suck a little of the magic out of things, because I think part of human is our belief in false patterns. But it will educate you highly.
Tour of history and essential problems of statistics, doesn't provide much in the way of real world guidance other that to remind one of how fallible we are as a species. That made it sound boring, which it is not. The telling of history is entertaining, and the problems discussed should astonish someone who does not has extensive training in statistics or psychology (like me!).
I don't think you need a background in probability or statistics to enjoy this book. There are no equations or theories to ponder. I do have a little background in the field and was already skeptical about human perception of the subject matter. This book, however, put real examples to my skepticism. I thoroughly enjoyed the examples and the explanations.
This is one of the few audiobooks I plan to re-read.