10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A decent read,
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This review is from: The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Paperback)
I bought this on a whim based on an Amazon-recommendation, and I wasn't disappointed. Mlodinow gives a very apporachable introduction to the science of randomness, and pitches the subject matter at the right level.
Unlike other books that have dated badly, the examples that the author uses to illustrate his points are recent and relevant, and communicated with a light-hearted sense of humour that turns a dry subject matter into something surprisingly engaging. I got through it quite happily in a couple of sittings.
It loses a star as occasionally Mlodinow does go into a little too much detail on the history of probability and the personal lives of the mathematicians on whose theories this book is based. I didn't think this was necessary (or particularly interesting) and would have liked to have seen this space filled instead with wider content. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the book is abosrbing and so is well worth picking up.