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.