skip to content
The Drunkard's walk : how randomness rules our lives Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The Drunkard's walk : how randomness rules our lives

Author: Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
An irreverent look at how randomness influences our lives, and how our successes and failures are far more dependent on chance events than we recognize.
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard Mlodinow
ISBN: 9780375424045 0375424040
OCLC Number: 175218048
Description: xi, 252 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Peering through the eyepiece of randomness : the hidden role of chance : when human beings can be outperformed by a rat --
The laws of truths and half-truths : the basic principles of probability and how they are abused : why a good story is often less likely to be true than a flimsy explanation --
Finding your way through a space of possibilities : a framework for thinking about random situations : from a gambler in plague-ridden Italy to Let's Make a Deal --
Tracking the pathways to success : how to count the number of ways in which events can happen, and why it matters : the mathematical meaning of expectation --
The dueling laws of large and small numbers : the extent to which probabilities are reflected in the results we observe : Zeno's paradox, the concept of limits, and beating the casino at roulette --
False positives and positive fallacies : how to adjust expectations in light of past events or new knowledge : mistakes in conditional probability from medical screening to the O.J. Simpson trial and the prosecutor's fallacy --
Measurement and the law of errors : the meaning and lack of meaning in measurements : the bell curve and wine ratings, political polls, grades, and the position of planets --
The order in chaos : how large numbers can wash out the disorder of randomness : or why 200,000,000 drivers form a creature of habit --
Illusions of patterns and patterns of illusion : why we are often fooled by the regularities in chance events : can a million consecutive zeroes or the success of Wall Street gurus be random? --
The drunkard's walk : why chance is a more fundamental conception than causality : Bruce Willis, Bill Gates, and the normal accident theory of life.
Responsibility: Leonard Mlodinow.
More information:

Abstract:

An irreverent look at how randomness influences our lives, and how our successes and failures are far more dependent on chance events than we recognize.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

All user tags (1)

View most popular tags as: tag list | tag cloud

Similar Items

Related Subjects:(6)

User lists with this item (32)

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/175218048>
library:oclcnum"175218048"
library:placeOfPublication
library:placeOfPublication
owl:sameAs<info:oclcnum/175218048>
rdf:typeschema:Book
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:bookEdition"1st ed."
schema:copyrightYear"2008"
schema:creator
schema:datePublished"2008"
schema:description"Peering through the eyepiece of randomness : the hidden role of chance : when human beings can be outperformed by a rat -- The laws of truths and half-truths : the basic principles of probability and how they are abused : why a good story is often less likely to be true than a flimsy explanation -- Finding your way through a space of possibilities : a framework for thinking about random situations : from a gambler in plague-ridden Italy to Let's Make a Deal -- Tracking the pathways to success : how to count the number of ways in which events can happen, and why it matters : the mathematical meaning of expectation -- The dueling laws of large and small numbers : the extent to which probabilities are reflected in the results we observe : Zeno's paradox, the concept of limits, and beating the casino at roulette -- False positives and positive fallacies : how to adjust expectations in light of past events or new knowledge : mistakes in conditional probability from medical screening to the O.J. Simpson trial and the prosecutor's fallacy -- Measurement and the law of errors : the meaning and lack of meaning in measurements : the bell curve and wine ratings, political polls, grades, and the position of planets -- The order in chaos : how large numbers can wash out the disorder of randomness : or why 200,000,000 drivers form a creature of habit -- Illusions of patterns and patterns of illusion : why we are often fooled by the regularities in chance events : can a million consecutive zeroes or the success of Wall Street gurus be random? -- The drunkard's walk : why chance is a more fundamental conception than causality : Bruce Willis, Bill Gates, and the normal accident theory of life."@en
schema:description"An irreverent look at how randomness influences our lives, and how our successes and failures are far more dependent on chance events than we recognize."@en
schema:exampleOfWork<http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/181576748>
schema:genre"Popular works."@en
schema:genre"Popular works"@en
schema:inLanguage"en"
schema:name"The Drunkard's walk : how randomness rules our lives"@en
schema:numberOfPages"252"
schema:publisher
schema:url
schema:workExample

Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.