Have you heard the one about the Statistician Godfather? He makes you an offer you can’t understand.
Probability is complicated stuff and generally boring enough to peel the paper off the walls. Yet it undeniably rules all of our everyday lives, perhaps more than we’d care to acknowledge sometimes. Prof. Mlodinow does an excellent job of making it accessible to us average Joes and as interesting as I've ever seen it presented.
Mr. Pratt’s narration is solid, and, since it’s not a subject that lends itself to much more than that, I don’t mean to damn him with faint praise.
The audible format is perhaps not the best way to experience The Drunkard’s Walk. Some of the explanation is quite involved and would probably bear some close reading and rereading, not easy when precision rewinding and re-rewinding is required. Still, it’s a very worthwhile book and this is a very painless way to read it.
Edit the book for content suitable for audio. I can listen to theory and ideas... I have to read numbers. The sheer volume of numerical references and statistics made listening to this painful. I will purchase the printed edition as ideas contained here would make it worth the read. When I could bear through the rambling numbers, the end-point was excellent. Couldn't make it through the first couple chapters.
I have a hard time comparing books with each other. I don't think I have ever read a book I haven't liked.
Any books by Malcolm Gladwell.
Sean Pratt held my attention and brought the book to life.
This book makes you think and makes learning fun.
Statistics explained in terms anyone can understand.
The book is written in easy to understand language. Many concepts would be difficult to understand in textbook style or 50 minute lecture. The author uses historical references (and explains the historical beliefs) and modern examples to explain the concepts.
The voice is light and makes understanding some very abstract concepts easier.
This is not a laugh or cry type of book. I laughed a lot because of the examples, I learned a lot from the book. I think I might cry when I think about how many people do not understand the concepts of randomness and statistical reference.
Fun and informative.
I have a passion for all things science, music, and outdoors. I am also a "crazy dog lady."
This topic is a little far from my interests so it isn't quite in the same realm as other titles I have listened to thus far.
I liked the perspective that I gained from this read, even though it was a little bit hard for me to get through.
I took remedial math in community college and per-calculus for business three times before passing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book makes probability and statistics fun. I want to learn more now, but then I also fall outside the normal range (plus or minus .5 percent). Excellent narration.
A fun read, full of interesting details, fascinating stories, and memorable explanations. I learned a lot, shared much with my students, and will listen again and again because it is that interesting.
Yes. This was enjoyable and informative. How could it get better?
Fascinating history of our struggle to understand chance and randomness with enough examples thrown in to make it easy to understand. We get lucky a lot more often than we care to admit. The section on CEO performance was eye opening and a good example of how we need to believe we have control over things we do not.
Coffee is a food group right next to chocolate, right?
That I learned about misconceptions I never knew I had.
Gain the history and inner knowledge of the random
I didn't expect the history lesson. It made what I thought might be a boring topic very interesting.