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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives Description:

In this irreverent and illuminating book acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness change 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 cases when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance br br The rise and fall of your favorite movie star of the most reviled CEO in fact of all our destinies reflects as much as planning and innate abilities Even the legendary Roger Maris who beat Babe Ruth s single season home run record was in all likelihood not great but just lucky And it might be shocking to realize that you are twice as likely to be killed in a car accident on your way to buying a lottery ticket than you are to win the lottery br br How could it have happened that a wine was given five out of five stars the highest rating in one journal and in another it was called the worst wine of the decade Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how 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 change 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 br br Offering readers 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 the bar

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior Description:

Leonard Mlodinow the best selling author of i The Drunkard s Walk i and coauthor of i The Grand Design i with Stephen Hawking gives us a startling and eye opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world and how for instance we often misperceive our relationships with family friends and business associates misunderstand the reasons for our investment decisions and misremember important events br br Your preference in politicians the amount you tip your waiter all judgments and perceptions reflect the workings of our mind on two levels the conscious of which we are aware and the unconscious which is hidden from us The latter has long been the subject of speculation but over the past two decades researchers have developed remarkable new tools for probing the hidden or subliminal workings of the mind The result of this explosion of research is a new science of the unconscious and a sea change in our understanding of how the subliminal mind affects the way we live br br Employing his trademark wit and lucid accessible explanations of the most obscure scientific subjects Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a tour of this research unraveling the complexities of the subliminal self and increasing our understanding of how the human mind works and how we interact with friends strangers spouses and coworkers In the process he changes our view of ourselves and the world around us

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life

Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life Description:

As a young physicist Leonard Mlodinow looked for guidance from his mentor the Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman Drawing on transcripts from their meetings during their time together at Cal Tech Mlodinow shares Feynman s provocative thoughts and observations At once a moving portrait of a friendship and an affecting account of Feynman s final creative years this book celebrates the inspiring legacy of one of the greatest thinkers of our time

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace Description:

Through i Euclid s Window i Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace Here is an altogether new refreshing alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space in the living room or in some other galaxy have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology br Based on Mlodinow s extensive historical research his studies alongside colleagues such as Richard Feynman and Kip Thorne and interviews with leading physicists and mathematicians such as Murray Gell Mann Edward Witten and Brian Greene i Euclid s Window i is an extraordinary blend of rigorous authoritative investigation and accessible good humored storytelling that makes a stunningly original argument asserting the primacy of geometry For those who have looked through i Euclid s Window i no space no thing and no time will ever be quite the same

Rating: 3.26 out of 5

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos Description:

A few million years ago our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us br br Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science In the process he presents a fascinating new look at the unique characteristics of our species and our society that helped propel us from stone tools to written language and through the birth of chemistry biology and modern physics to today s technological world br br Along the way he explores the cultural conditions that influenced scientific thought through the ages and the colorful personalities of some of the great philosophers scientists and thinkers Galileo who preferred painting and poetry to medicine and dropped out of university Isaac Newton who stuck needlelike bodkins into his eyes to better understand changes in light and color and Antoine Lavoisier who drank nothing but milk for two weeks to examine its effects on his body Charles Darwin Albert Einstein Werner Heisenberg and many lesser known but equally brilliant minds also populate these pages each of their stories showing how much of human achievement can be attributed to the stubborn pursuit of simple questions why how bravely asked br br i The Upright Thinkers i is a book for science lovers and for anyone interested in creative thinking and in our ongoing quest to understand our world At once deeply informed accessible and infused with the author s trademark wit this insightful work is a stunning tribute to humanity s intellectual curiosity br br With black and white illustrations throughout

Rating: 3.42 out of 5

Titanic Cat (The Kids of Einstein Elementary, #2)

Titanic Cat (The Kids of Einstein Elementary, #2) Description:

Math to the rescue in an exciting new adventure series a la Magic Treehouse where kids come up with creative math solutions to get themselves out of jeopardy br br Steffi Kenny and Jose and the time traveling port a john are back in this fun filled mathematical adventure

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

The Grand Design

The Grand Design Description:

THE FIRST MAJOR WORK IN NEARLY A DECADE BY ONE OF THE WORLD S GREAT THINKERS A MARVELOUSLY CONCISE BOOK WITH NEW ANSWERS TO THE ULTIMATE QUESTIONS OF LIFE br br When and how did the universe begin Why are we here Why is there something rather than nothing What is the nature of reality Why are the laws of nature so finely tuned as to allow for the existence of beings like ourselves And finally is the apparent grand design of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion or does science offer another explanation br br The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself once the province of philosophy now occupy the territory where scientists philosophers and theologians meet if only to disagree In their new book Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity br br In i The Grand Design i they explain that according to quantum theory the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history but rather that every possible history of the universe exists simultaneously When applied to the universe as a whole this idea calls into question the very notion of cause and effect But the top down approach to cosmology that Hawking and br br Mlodinow describe would say that the fact that the past takes no definite form means that we create history by observing it rather than that history creates us The authors further explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe and show how quantum theory predicts the multiverse the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing each with different laws of nature br br Along the way Hawking and Mlodinow question the conventional concept of reality posing a model dependent theory of reality as the best we can hope to find And they conclude with a riveting assessment of M theory an explanation of the laws governing us and our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a complete theory of everything If confirmed they write it will be the unified theory that Einstein was looking for and the ultimate triumph of human reason br br A succinct startling and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems i The Grand Design i is a book that will inform and provoke like no other

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

The Last Dinosaur (Kids of Einstein Elementary)

The Last Dinosaur (Kids of Einstein Elementary) Description:

Steffi Kenny and Jose stumble on a quantum space time dislocator disguised as a port a john which transports them to the time of the dinosaurs just a few hours before a meteor will hit the earth the meteor that rendered the dinos extinct Graphing and other mathematical skills help the kids escape just in time

Rating: 3.70 out of 5

El arco iris de Feynman: La búsqueda de la belleza en la física y en la vida

El arco iris de Feynman: La búsqueda de la belleza en la física y en la vida Description:

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Rating: 3.47 out of 5

Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World

Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World Description:

With rapid technological innovation leading the charge today s world is transforming itself at an unprecedented pace Fortunately as Leonard Mlodinow shows the human brain is uniquely engineered to adapt br br Drawing from cutting edge research in neuroscience and psychology Mlodinow takes us on an illuminating journey through the mechanics of our own minds as we navigate the rapidly shifting landscapes around us Out of the exploratory instincts that allowed our ancestors to prosper hundreds of thousands of years ago humans developed a cognitive style that Mlodinow terms i elastic thinking i a collection of abilities that include neophilia an affinity for novelty schizotypy a tendency toward unusual perception imagination and idea generation pattern recognition mental fluency and divergent thinking br br These are the qualities that enabled innovators from Mary Shelley to Miles Davis and from Nike to i Pokemon Go i to create paradigm shifts And they re the qualities that will enable each of us to succeed personally and professionally With his keen acumen and rapid fire wit Mlodinow gives us the essential tools to harness the power of elastic thinking in an endlessly dynamic world

Rating: 3.60 out of 5