The Drunkard's Walk

The Drunkard's Walk

How Randomness Rules Our Lives
Written by Leonard Mlodinow
Narrated by Sean Pratt
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The Drunkard's Walk

How Randomness Rules Our Lives
Written by Leonard Mlodinow | Narrated by Sean Pratt
Randomness rules our lives — and this illuminating guide to the nature of chance can help you understand the mathematical concepts that will help you make informed decisions and judgements on the world. This New York Times bestseller “will help readers sort out Mark Twain’s damn lies from meaningful statistics and the choices we face every day” (Publishers Weekly).

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In this irreverent and illuminating audio book, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.The rise and fall of your favorite movie star or the most reviled CEO-in fact, all our destinies-reflects chance as much as planning and innate abilities. Even Roger Maris, who beat Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, was in all likelihood not great, but just lucky.How could it have happened that a wine was given five out of five stars by one journal and called the worst wine of the decade by another? Wine ratings, school grades, political polls, and many other things in daily life are less reliable than we believe. By showing us the true nature of chance and revealing the psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge the world around us, Mlodinow gives fresh insight into what is really meaningful and how we can make decisions based on a deeper truth. From the classroom to the courtroom, from financial markets to supermarkets, from the doctor’s office to the Oval Office, Mlodinow’s insights will intrigue, awe, and inspire.Offering listeners not only a tour of randomness, chance and probability but also a new way of looking at the world, this original, unexpected journey reminds us that much in our lives is about as predictable as the steps of a stumbling man afresh from a night at a bar.

Nonfiction
Philosophy

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Release Date: June 11, 2008
Publisher: Gildan Audio
Run time: 9 hours and 22 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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