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.
Say something about yourself!
If I had this book in my college time, I could have easily opted for math and probability theory, instead of Economics and languages! Beautifully written and nicely narrated story, by a man, who can easily explain his subject after three pints of beer to his dog and she'd understand him... which means: he knows the matter from the bottom of his heart and loves it. And, yes, this is the only book I've seen, fully devoted to math without a single formula in it, which I find just great!
I enjoyed listening to this book because it pointed out the misconceptions that we encounter in every day life in terms of understanding success, luck, and chance. Be aware: some parts of this book tend to "read" a bit like a statistics text book.
For folks who take oneself too seriously this will open a light on to the true causes of success and failure. A brilliant book , one of the best ever.