Monday, September 30, 2013

On Mlodinow's "The Drunkard's Walk"

You can be back-handed and say that Mlodinow is a good writer for a scientist, but I won’t do that.  He’s a good writer, period.  He can spin a tale from nothing, or what seems like nothing.  Here, he covers what is potentially a very history of probability and it’s contemporary uses.  The title and the subtitle may over-sell it a bit, but it is a popular book.  It is quick and easy to read, but that doesn’t mean you won’t learn anything.  I for one had no idea the equals sign wasn’t invented until 1556.  I’m just glad I didn’t have math class before then.