The Drunkard’s Walk

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow is a book about statistics and randomness that provides an insight into how randomness effects us and a history of randomness thrown in.

The book provides a look at how people are regularly fooled by certain questions that show that they do not understand probability. The Monty Hall question is presented. The basic laws of probability are also included in the book.

The book looks at probability, data, correlation and the history of probability. Studies are presented that show the fallacy of the hot hand in sport and how random management is. The strength of predicting future performance based on small samples of past performance is investigated.

The book is quite well written but it’s a bit of a jumble of related information that is presented in other places with more focus on a particular area. It’s not a bad book, but it is a largely forgettable one. If you have never anything about probability or are looking for a quick read to amuse you and provide you with some anecdotes the book might be worth a look.

3/5

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