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Little Canada Book Club - "The Drunkard’s Walk" by Leonard Mlodinow

For our May meeting we will be discussing the book The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow.  Please note we will be meeting on Saturday this month, to avoid conflicting with Mother's Day.

From Publishers Weekly
A drunkard's walk is a type of random statistical distribution with important applications in scientific studies ranging from biology to astronomy. Mlodinow, a visiting lecturer at Caltech and coauthor with Stephen Hawking of A Briefer History of Time, leads readers on a walk through the hills and valleys of randomness and how it directs our lives more than we realize. Mlodinow introduces important historical figures such as Bernoulli, Laplace and Pascal, emphasizing their ideas rather than their tumultuous private lives. Mlodinow defines such tricky concepts as regression to the mean and the law of large numbers, which should help readers as they navigate the daily deluge of election polls and new studies on how to live to 100. The author also carefully avoids veering off into the terra incognita of chaos theory aside from a brief mention of the famous butterfly effect, although he might have spent a little more time on the equally famous n-body problem that led to chaos theory. Books on randomness and statistics line library shelves, but Mlodinow will help readers sort out Mark Twain's damn lies from meaningful statistics and the choices we face every day. (May 13).  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --

Our book for June is What Money Can’t Buy by Michael J. Sandel.

We will also be choosing books for future meetings, so please bring any suggestions you have, or post them in the comments.

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  • Timothy B.

    Had a great discussion.

    May 11, 2013

  • Jessie C

    Not feeling well today, sorry!

    May 11, 2013

  • Patricia M.

    I forgot to ask if anyone wants to buy the gift card this month. It is not required that everyone takes a turn, but if someone is willing, that would be great.

    May 10, 2013

    • Patricia M.

      Thanks Will! Check with me when you get there if you need help.

      May 10, 2013

  • Dave P.

    I know I said that I wasn't going to attend because I was going fishing. Well, the lake where my friend's cabin is located is still frozen.

    May 4, 2013

  • Matt P.

    I would *love* to discuss this book, but unfortunately, I have a conflict... thanks for setting this up!

    April 15, 2013

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