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The Drunkard's Walk
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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.

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"A wonderfully readable guide to how the mathematical laws of randomness affect our lives."--Stephen Hawking, author of" A Brief History of Time"
""The Drunkard's Walk "is a magnificent exploration of the role that chance plays in our lives. Often historical, occasionally hysterical, and consistently smart and funny, this book challenges everything we think we know about how the world works. The probability is high that you will be entertained and enlightened by this intelligent charmer."--Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, and author of "Stumbling on Happiness
""Fast, chatty, very readable, and a fine introduction to ideas that everyone should know." --David Berlinski, author of "A Tour of the Calculus"
"A primer on the science of probability."-"The Washington Post Book World"
"Mlodinow writes in a breezy style, interspersing probabilistic mind-benders with portraits of theorists ...The result is a readable crash course in randomness."-"The New York Times Book Review"
"A jaunty read worthy of any beach or airplane. . . . Mlodinow has an intimate perspective on randomness. . . . He draws direct links from the works of history's greatest minds to the deeds of today's not-so-great ones, explaining phenomena like the prosecutor's fallacy (which helped acquit O.J. Simpson) and the iPod shuffle function (eventually programmed not to be truly random, lest songs hit upon eerie playing streaks)."-"The Austin Chronicle"
"Please read "The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" by Leonard Mlodinow, a history, explanation, and exaltation of probability theory. . . . Mlodinow . . . thinks in equations but explains in anecdote, simile, and occasional bursts of neon. . . .The results are mind-bending."-"Fortune "
"Challenges our intuitions about probability and explores how, by understanding randomness, we can better grasp our world."-"Seed Magazine"
"[Mlodinow is] the perfect guy to reveal the ways unrelated elements can relate and connect."-"The Miami Herald
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"If you're strong enough to have some of your favorite assumptions challenged, please read "The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" by Leonard Mlodinow, a history, explanation, and exaltation of probability theory. . . .The results are mind-bending."--"Fortune
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"Challenges our intuitions about probability and explores how, by understanding randomness, we can better grasp our world."--"Seed Magazine"
"A wonderfully readable guide to how the mathematical laws of randomness affect our lives."--Stephen Hawking, author of" A Brief History of Time"
""The Drunkard's Walk "is a magnificent exploration of the role that chance plays in our lives. Often historical, occasionally hysterical, and consistently smart and funny, this book challenges everything we think we know about how the world works. The probability is high that you will be entertained and enlightened by this intelligent charmer."--Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, and author of "Stumbling on Happiness
""Fast, chatty, very readable, and a fine introduction to ideas that everyone should know." --David Berlinski, author of "A Tour of the Calculus
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