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Amazon Guest Review: Stephen Hawking
Published in 1988, Stephen Hawkings A Brief History of Time became perhaps one of the unlikeliest bestsellers in history: a not-so-dumbed-down exploration of physics and the universe that occupied the London Sunday Times bestseller list for 237 weeks. Later successes include 1995s A Briefer History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, and God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs that Changed History. Stephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
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)
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Well written and easy to read. Along with the book "The Synchronicity Key", the author shares his wisdom on how we live our lives and how experiences influence us.Published 13 days ago by Ron Texas
Truly enjoyable. Makes me think about the world differently. Explaining the book to a friend, I knew this was amazing.Published 19 days ago by S. Vass
There are ten chapters. The first nine are a history of statistics, with some basic fundamentals thrown in. Now, there are a few interesting tidbits in the first nine chapters. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dan Dearborn
This is a treasure trove of tidbits about how the development of the laws of probabilities have, or should have, informed the way we lead our daily lives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Schultz
A very readable review of the history of statistics and our failure to understand the role of randomness in events. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dianne K. Patterson
A terrific walk through basic statistics, and how those pesky statistics keep showing up in our lives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Runs With Scissors
Well written and engaging - a great explanation of randomness and probability to the lay reader.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer