Best-selling author Michael Lewis examines how a Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.
Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis' own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.
The Undoing Project is about the fascinating collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield - both had important careers in the Israeli military - and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. In the process they may well have changed for good mankind's view of its own mind.
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4.5 stars. Absolutely wonderful. Michael Lewis successfully blends two biographies, an intellectual love story (there really is no other way to describe the Kahneman/Tversky partnership), astute sketches of the work they did (in heuristics and biases), and how the partnership had ripple effects in a myriad of areas (from economics to psychology, from medicine to the military, and beyond). The book moves at a brisk pace, never dull, and fleshes out the men behind the scientific work. This vantage point into where Kahneman and Tversky came from, the events that shaped them, their intellectual make-ups, and the alchemy of their partnership is a real treat. This added depth to the scientists only makes me appreciate their work all the more. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially those who have read Thinking Fast, And Slow, any book on behavioral economics, or students of how human cognition leads us astray. A fantastic book that I couldn't put down.
I think that what most people love about Michael Lewis is his attention to detail.
This book goes into the deep thoughts between two Israeli doctors as they discover psychology of the "irrational"consumer.
My comments to Michael Lewis will be, great job on the research and the writing! You're an artist the way that you put things together.
I expected more details about their research and the data which was collected. There were just a couple of times where I was not clear about what their research was trying to represent. I feel like I need to go back and listen to the book again.
Overall I loved the story of the meaningful purpose between these two men as i have read other books which often quote their work. It is interesting to know about the sweat and tears behind their success.
Interesting story conveys far more than I knew about these influential men. Michael Lewis writes so artfully, it raises the level of any story about economics, and the narration is nothing short of a pleasure. The fact that nonfiction can be written and performed so well is astonishing.
Loved reading about Amos Tversky and Danny Kanneman, as written by the master storyteller, Michael Lewis! It's amazing that our airwaves are flooded with minute details about the most un-interesting people, and that people like Amos Tversky and Danny Kanneman were unknown to me before reading (listening to) this book. Great story about interesting, and at times heartbreaking lives and issues. I thought I was in for a dry story about using data to make rational decisions. I was drawn in by the story of the lives and relationships of Amos and Danny, and in the process, learned a lot about decision-making processes!
have to let my historian friend listen. he is always so sure of himself. I'm an engineer and we always need to understand that nothing is 100%. now I know why I always thought that people that were so sure were generally full of it.
I loved this book. The linkages between the chapters made the complexity of the relationship between Kahneman and Tversky understandable. This book showed me that ego has a powerful presence in everyone. Even though these two men formed an unbreakable partnership and genius collaboration, the friction from the world around them broke them over time. One lesson from the book, is find the value in every relationship and treasure it for as long as you can.
An interesting review of friendship, exceptional knowledge and world changing academic partnership. Michael Lewis once again exposed two great minds and their contributions to all aspects of personal, social, and organizational reasoning.
...about thinking, imagining, deciding, and working and living together with others. Riveting narrative. Knowing more about Kahneman and Tversky makes their research and findings more interesting.
If you enjoyed thinking fast and slow, you'll love the back story Michael Lewis tells.
Excellent narration to a really great book. Essentially the story you never knew of two guys who that laid the foundation for all behavioral economics, big data and decision sciences.
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