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Against the Gods

The Remarkable Story of Risk

By Peter L. Bernstein

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| Paperback | 9780471295631

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A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA Today Bestseller "Ambitious and readable ...an engaging introduction to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping to release mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fa Continue

A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA Today Bestseller "Ambitious and readable ...an engaging introduction to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping to release mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism." -The New York Times "An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book." -The Wall Street Journal "A lively panoramic book ...Against the Gods sets up an ambitious premise and then delivers on it." -Business Week "Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read." -The Economist "[A] challenging book, one that may change forever the way people think about the world." -Worth "No one else could have written a book of such central importance with so much charm and excitement." -Robert Heilbroner author, The Worldly Philosophers "With his wonderful knowledge of the history and current manifestations of risk, Peter Bernstein brings us Against the Gods. Nothing like it will come out of the financial world this year or ever. I speak carefully: no one should miss it."
-John Kenneth Galbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University In this unique exploration of the role of risk in our society, Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk under control is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern times from the distant past. Against the Gods chronicles the remarkable intellectual adventure that liberated humanity from oracles and soothsayers by means of the powerful tools of risk management that are available to us today. "An extremely readable history of risk." -Barron's "Fascinating ...this challenging volume will help you understand the uncertainties that every investor must face." -Money "A singular achievement." -Times Literary Supplement "There's a growing market for savants who can render the recondite intelligibly-witness Stephen Jay Gould (natural history), Oliver Sacks (disease), Richard Dawkins (heredity), James Gleick (physics), Paul Krugman (economics)-and Bernstein would mingle well in their company." -The Australian

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Un libro che riposiziona l'inizio della "modernita'", non sull'opera ed il pensiero di Galilei, ma su di Cardano.
    L'introduzione del calcolo combinatorio, dello studio delle probabilita', ci ha avvicinato alla possibilita' di prevedere il futuro e di ...(continue)

    Un libro che riposiziona l'inizio della "modernita'", non sull'opera ed il pensiero di Galilei, ma su di Cardano.
    L'introduzione del calcolo combinatorio, dello studio delle probabilita', ci ha avvicinato alla possibilita' di prevedere il futuro e di "emanciparci" dall'idea di un essere trascendnete che governa la nostre vite.
    Un libro con toni filosofici molto marcati, nel quale emerge con forza il valore del paradigma statistico come rappresentazione del reale presente e strumento per fare previsioni sul reale futuro.
    Affascinante e stimolante allo stesso tempo.

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    Max Vassura said on Jan 7, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    The book despite it’s “eye catching” title isn’t about religion or faith but rather is a book on the “history” of the development of risk management. It began with the telling of the invention of mathematics, then shifted to the discovery of probabil ...(continue)

    The book despite it’s “eye catching” title isn’t about religion or faith but rather is a book on the “history” of the development of risk management. It began with the telling of the invention of mathematics, then shifted to the discovery of probabilities and statistics, then to the conceptualization of the idea of risk, and finally to the modern development of risk management. The process by which Peter Bernstein tells the history of risk management is through the introductions of the key concepts in risk management (such as probability theory, normal distribution, variance etc) by way of meeting the personalities behind the “creation” of such concepts. In this sense, the book feels like an amalgam of biographies of “eccentric” but otherwise pretty interesting mathematicians. Though the book is about mathematics, surprisingly, the book seldom talks about numbers. Instead, the book delves almost exclusively on the theoretical concepts. In fact, the discussions on the theoretical concepts usually turned profoundly philosophical in nature. Because of that, I find the book not only interesting to read but enlightening as well.

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    Atlas said on Aug 3, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    This book was named The Best Business Book of the Year in 1998 by Booze Allen Hamilton.

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    Oxford said on Jun 17, 2007 | Add your feedback

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