Great book, well worth the read.
A nice mix of economics, history and basic probability. Great for non-mathematicians and bad gamblers.
The book goes slow at the beggining with a lot of history and ciations, but then it starts capturing you, showing more and more the subject and generating an insatiable hunger to find out what is next. A few phrases or sentences on it are to be remember like wisdom pills e.g. "regression to the mean" where just a simple theoric concept explained and revealed in deceptively simple basis turns out fascinating. Really recommend the book, very much worth hearing it!!!
This was a great, but basic guide to statistics. Not too technical, but technical enough to give you a sense that h.l. mencken was right in his derision of statistics. I wish I had a chance to read this book before taking statistics in college. With all of its real life examples, terms like standard deviation and chi square wouldn't have sounded so mysterious. Great narrator too.
This book is 90% a history and development of probability theory up to the 1970's. With a last chapter added which looks like a publishers rewrite, so poorly developed and disjoint from the main body of the book, it is as if someone copied and pasted the introduction to a separate book as the conclusion to this one. I had to reread the publishers review to see why I brought this, their spin on this book makes me wonder if the reviewer was so bored they only read the first and last chapters. If you are interested in this topic check out "Predictably Irrational".
A few interesting facts, but for the most part I didnt quite get what the writer was going for. wouldnt waste the time.
With "The Selfish Gene" and "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" in the seventies, up through this book and "The Invisible Gorilla" issued by audible, educated people are offered a chance to struggle with the counterintuitive randomness that rules us, and the brain wiring that cannot detect randomness without training. History is linear certainty. The future is only probability, and hence unknowable. Garth Brooks says to "...Thank God for Unanswered Prayers." I say to read/hear every book like this you can find in a struggle to grasp the nature of randomness, and our own inborn blindness to it.
For Don - check your download page, there should be part 2 there available for you to download (I actually wrote support about this and they were extremely helpful).
And yes, this book is quite interesting with lots of practical examples. Recommended.
Randomness is a fascinating subject and this book is an excellent treatment of the topic. The evolution of the understanding of randomness is laid out from the beginning and none of the philosphical implications are missed. Mr. Mlodinow personalizes randomness with stories from his own experience, which were both humorous and touching. My feelings afterwards were someting of a surprise; I felt that randomness was both a call to humility, and a reason to hope, not just despair.
A great trip through the history of statistics with good contemporary examples. Kinda hard to follow along some calculations by hearing, but still time well-spent.