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The Drunkard's walk: how randomness rules our lives

Author: Mlodinow, Leonard Publisher: Pantheon Books, 2008.Language: EnglishDescription: 252 p. : Graphs/Photos ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780375424045Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index

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The Drunkard's Walk How Randomness Rules Our Lives Contents ix 3 Prologue Chapter 1: Peering through the Eyepiece of Randomness The hidden role of chance . . . when human beings can be outperformed by a rat. Chapter 2: 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. 21 Chapter 3: Finding Your Way through a Space of Possibilities A framework for thinking about random situations . . . from a 41 gambler in plague-ridden Italy to Let's Make a Deal. Chapter 4: 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. 60 Chapter 5: 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. 81 Chapter 6: 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. 104 Chapter 7: 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. 124 Chapter 8: 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. 146 Chapter 9: 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? 169 Chapter 10: The Drunkard's Walk Why chance is a more fundamental conception than causality . . . Bruce Willis, Bill Gates, and the normal accident theory of life. 192 Acknowledgments Notes Index 221 223 239

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