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The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow

I hated math in school. It was not the difficulty that repulse, but its utter lack of relevance to me. Beyond simple algebra and geometry, I did not find working with numbers to be that useful. Things began to change when I took a statistics class in college, numbers not only began to make sense they became practical.

Since college I have gained a whole new appreciation for what math can tell us about what the world is and where the world is going (both literally and figuratively). My latest interest in numbers has been in probability. It is amazing how simple probables can be so confusing yet seemingly complicated probables can be so simple.

The Drunkard’s Walk is a good introduction to the world of probability. For example, I have read and learned about the Monty Hall problem for nearly a decade. I have seen it online and in numerous books, however this is the first book that has helped me understand it fully.

The day I finished this book, I felt like the smartest man alive, like I could go to Las Vegas and sweep the house. However, the next day, I already felt too dumb to understand everything. Probability is simple yet our brains are not naturally wired to act on numbers.

I really enjoyed this book.