The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

drunkard_walkLeonard Mlodinow
2008
519.2 M685d

Whether at the casino or in a doctor’s office, why are we so bad at calculating odds? Why are rats better at recognizing random sequences than we are? And what can we do to not be ruled by randomness?

Drawing from history, biology, psychology and mathematics, this beautifully written book is a great introduction to the study of probablities and statistics and the psychology of random numbers. Although tackling a potentially arduous topic, Leonard Mlodinow does a great job of making the subject matter understandable by non-experts. Will appeal to readers interested in mathematics or evolutionary psychology.