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The Drunkard's walk how randomness rules our lives

by Mlodinow, Leonard, 1954-

Format: Book on CD 2008
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Audio Books IN TRANSIT
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Audio Books
 
Status  IN TRANSIT
 
 
Summary
Snow Treasure
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A "drunkard's walk" is a type of random statistical distribution with important applications in scientific studies ranging from biology to astronomy. Mlodinow, a visiting lecturer at Caltech and coauthor with Stephen Hawking of A Briefer History of Time, leads readers on a walk through the hills and valleys of randomness and how it directs our lives more than we realize. Mlodinow introduces important historical figures such as Bernoulli, Laplace and Pascal, emphasizing their ideas rather than their tumultuous private lives. Mlodinow defines such tricky concepts as regression to the mean and the law of large numbers, which should help readers as they navigate the daily deluge of election polls and new studies on how to live to 100. The author also carefully avoids veering off into the terra incognita of chaos theory aside from a brief mention of the famous "butterfly effect," although he might have spent a little more time on the equally famous n-body problem that led to chaos theory. Books on randomness and statistics line library shelves, but Mlodinow will help readers sort out Mark Twain's "damn lies" from meaningful statistics and the choices we face every day. (May 13) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Your coach in a box.
Subjects Random variables.
Probabilities.
Chance.
Audiobooks.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2008
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Pratt, Sean.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Sean Pratt.
Language English
Notes Spoken compact disc.
"With tracks for easy book marking"--Container.
Description 8 audio discs (9 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781436164214
1436164214
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