The Drunkard's Walk

The Drunkard's Walk

How Randomness Rules Our Lives

By Leonard Mlodinow; Sean Pratt (Read by)

Gildan Media Corporation, Compact Disc, 9781596592797

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

Description

In this irreverent and illuminating audio book, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and 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 afresh from a night at a bar.



About the Author
Leonard Mlodinow est physicien au California Institute of Technology. Membre de la Societe americaine de physique. Il a soutenu de nombreux travaux a l'universite de Berkeley. Il a ete l'un des artisans du developpement des cederoms pour enfants chez Disney et a participe pendant plusieurs annees a l'ecriture de scenarios de series televisees telles que Star Trek: The Next Generation et Mac Gyver. Il a egalement co-ecrit avec Stephen Hawkins: Y'a-t-il un grand architecte dans l'Univers ? (Odile Jacob, 2011) et Une belle histoire du temps (Flammarion, 2005)

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.