In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and
scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and
probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, as well as how we
misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation
to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in
life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes when in actuality
they are more profoundly influenced by chance.
The rise and fall of
your favorite movie star or the most reviled CEO—in fact, all our
destinies—reflects chance as much as planning and innate abilities.
Even Roger Maris, who beat Babe Ruth’s single season home-run record,
was in all likelihood not great but just lucky.
How could it have
happened that a wine was given five out of five stars by one journal and
called the worst wine of the decade by another? Wine ratings, school
grades, political polls, and many other things in daily life are less
reliable than we believe. By showing us the true nature of chance and
revealing the psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge the
world around us, Mlodinow gives fresh insight into what is really
meaningful and how we can make decisions based on a deeper truth. From
the classroom to the courtroom, from financial markets to supermarkets,
from the doctor’s office to the Oval Office, Mlodinow’s insights will
intrigue, awe, and inspire.
Offering listeners not only a tour of
randomness, chance and probability but also a new way of looking at the
world, this original, unexpected journey reminds us that much in our
lives is about as predictable as the steps of a stumbling man fresh
from a night at a bar. Download and start listening now!