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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.

About the Author

Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and now teaches about randomness to future scientists at Caltech. Along the way he also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation. His previous books include Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace, Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life, and with Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time. He lives in South Pasadena, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596592797
Subtitle:
How Randomness Rules Our Lives
Author:
Mlodinow, Leonard
Read by:
Pratt, Sean
Read:
Pratt, Sean
Author:
Pratt, Sean
Publisher:
Your Coach In A Box
Subject:
General
Subject:
Chaotic Behavior in Systems
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
Mathematics-Popular Chaos and Fractals
Subject:
General Philosophy
Copyright:
Series:
Your Coach in a Box
Publication Date:
20090601
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.00x5.30x1.30 in. .45 lbs.
Media Run Time:
555

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