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The Drunkard's walk : how randomness rules our lives / Leonard Mlodinow.

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  • 8 of 8 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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1 current hold with 8 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Batesville Mem. PL - Batesville 519.2 MLODINOW (Text) 34706001154311 Non-Fiction 500-599 Available -
Hussey-Mayfield Mem. PL - Zionsville 519.2 MLODINOW (Text) 33946002165426 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -
Jefferson Co PL - Madison Main Branch 519.2 MLO (Text) 39391006018210 Nonfiction Available -
Mooresville PL - Mooresville 519.2 MLO (Text) 37323001777278 NONFIC Available -
Newburgh Chandler PL - Bell Road Library 519.2 MLO (Text) 39206020075626 NonFiction Available -
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette 519.2 MLO (Text) 31951003360119 2nd Floor - Non-Fiction Available -
Westfield Washington PL - Westfield 519.2 Mlodinow (Text) 78292000277713 Adult Non-Fiction Book Collection Available -
Whiting PL - Whiting 519.2 M71 (Text) 51735011196697 Adult department Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780375424045
  • ISBN: 0375424040
  • Physical Description: xi, 252 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2008]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Peering through the eyepiece of randomness : the hidden role of chance : when human beings can be outperformed by a rat -- The laws of truths and half-truths : the basic principles of probability and how they are abused : why a good story is often less likely to be true than a flimsy explanation -- Finding your way through a space of possibilities : a framework for thinking about random situations : from a gambler in plague-ridden Italy to Let's Make a Deal -- Tracking the pathways to success : how to count the number of ways in which events can happen, and why it matters : the mathematical meaning of expectation -- The dueling laws of large and small numbers : the extent to which probabilities are reflected in the results we observe : Zeno's paradox, the concept of limits, and beating the casino at roulette -- False positives and positive fallacies : how to adjust expectations in light of past events or new knowledge : mistakes in conditional probability from medical screening to the O. J. Simpson trial and the prosecutor's fallacy -- Measurement and the law of errors : the meaning and lack of meaning in measurements : the bell curve and wine ratings, political polls, grades, and the position of planets -- The order in chaos : how large numbers can wash out the disorder of randomness : or why 200,000,000 drivers form a creature of habit -- Illusions of patterns and patterns of illusion : why we are often fooled by the regularities in chance events : can a million consecutive zeroes or the success of Wall Street gurus be random? -- The drunkard's walk : why chance is a more fundamental conception than causality : Bruce Willis, Bill Gates, and the normal accident theory of life.
Summary, etc.:
An irreverent look at how randomness influences our lives, and how our successes and failures are far more dependent on chance events than we recognize.
Subject: Random variables.

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